Julia James’ neighbours told to ‘tell pals where they’re going’ after her murder

Neighbours of murdered PCSO Julia James have been warned to tell their family when they’re leaving the house, police have said.

Julia James, 53, was found dead shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, April 27, with her loyal Jack Russell by her side.

Kent Police said the PCSO suffered significant head injuries caused by blunt force while walking on a remote path yards away from her home.

Detectives searching for evidence have not yet recovered a murder weapon and currently have no clear motive.

People living near to where the attack occurred have been told to tell their loved ones where they’re going when they leave their home.

Dover Chief Inspector Dan Carter of Kent Police reassured "the very best detectives in the land" are working on the case.

He said although an arrest hasn't been made, the force is not "ruling anything out and are open to possibilities" at this stage.

In a message to locals, he urged anyone who has "concerns" to speak with police "who are out and about in the local community."

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Detective Carter said: "Julia was well liked and highly respected by her colleagues and members of the public and we are all devastated by what has happened.

"She will be fondly remembered and missed by all – my thoughts go out to Julia’s family and friends and to each and every one of you within the community at this difficult time.

"One of the biggest policing teams I have known, including some of the very best detectives in the land, are working tirelessly, leaving no stone unturned, to bring the offender to justice.

"Working with our partners, the safety of our communities remains our priority and we urge anyone who has concerns to speak with our officers who are out and about in the local community, or contact us."

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Kent Police launched a formal appeal for information, urging anyone who was in the area on Monday or Tuesday and saw something suspicious to get in touch.

The force added that regular walkers on the route and drivers who passed with a dash cam may have unknowingly spotted something.

Mrs James' death comes after reports of a dognapper in the area surfaced.

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Police also left a note urging women not to walk their dog alone and to carry a stick and an alarm.

It read: "Dog owners are warned to be vigilant when your dog is outside the house. Your dog cannot be safely left unsupervised even in your own garden!

"The advice is not to be alone, if possible. Extra precautions should be taken such as walking with a stick, keeping your dog close on a lead, carrying an alarm and having your mobile phone on and fully charged at all times."

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