‘Light a candle for Julia’: Daughter of murdered PCSO, 53, asks well-wishers to hitch her in gesture

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Family of murdered PCSO Julia James immediately branded her killed a ‘vile human’ and ‘monster as her daughter urged a 7pm candlelight doorstep vigil to recollect her.

Julia’s cousin Samantha Griffin posted on Facebook on Monday: “Where is the uproar about my beautiful cousin? Where is the huge outrage and pouring of despair? Where are the vigils and protests about her murder?

“She was strolling her canine, close to her residence. Thats all……and any individual should know one thing about what occurred!

“The person who did this, is walking our streets and your communities…so let’s stand up and make sure we swamp social media with her beautiful face in the hope that we can get information or the vile human who did this decides to hold their hands up. Our family, her friends and colleagues will not rest.”

Another relative Lois Ghost additionally mentioned in a Facebook put up: “Any information, however small could be so valuable – please continue to share this message and let’s get the monster that did this!”

It got here as he daughter of the murdered PCSO urged supporters to mild a candle on their doorsteps to recollect her per week after she was killed.

Well-wishers have been planning a vigil within the village near the place Julia, 53, was discovered lifeless with vital head accidents final Tuesday together with her Jack Russell terrier unhurt by her aspect.

But now Julia’s daughter Bethan Coles has urged pals and villagers to mild a candle as a substitute in order that police sources are usually not diverted away from the investigation.

They have began a social media marketing campaign to assist preserve consciousness of the homicide investigation within the public eye referred to as #justiceforjulia.

Posting on Facebook she mentioned: ‘I’m so grateful for folks sharing posts for #justiceforjulia

‘Plenty of folks have requested about holding a vigil for Mum, and while I’m so grateful for folks wanting to recollect her, I’m very acutely aware that any gathering would should be policed (if it was even allowed), I’ve mentioned this with my household and we’re in settlement that we would favor all police sources to be concentrating on the investigation as there’s a lot work to be completed.

‘I’ve been pondering maybe we might ask those that want to keep in mind Mum to mild a candle for her and go away it on their doorstep. This could be a lovely nod to Mum in a method that does not intrude on the Police investigation.

‘It marks per week since we misplaced Mum. At 7pm I’ll mild a candle for her. #justiceforjulia’

Police search groups are persevering with to scour areas of woodland and fields near the spot on a footpath on the sting of Ackholt Wood close to Aylesham, Kent because the investigation continues.

It got here as terrified households residing close to the trail the place Julia was killed have been suggested to inform family members the place they’re going, and when they are going to be again, earlier than leaving the home.

Locals are additionally being warned to maintain cellphones absolutely charged and with them always whereas additionally fastidiously planning strolling routes, as police proceed to hunt for the fugitive killer.  

PCSO Julia James in Aylesham, Kent, whose physique was found at Akholt Wood on Tuesday near Snowdown

Julia James with her son, Patrick Davis, in June 2017, and her daughter Bethan Coles

Julia James with her son, Patrick Davis, in June 2017, and her daughter Bethan Coles

Julia James together with her son, Patrick Davis, in June 2017, and her daughter Bethan Coles

Kent Police search officers continue their search of fields near the scene where PCSO Julia James was killed at Akholt Wood

Kent Police search officers continue their search of fields near the scene where PCSO Julia James was killed at Akholt Wood

Kent Police search officers proceed their search of fields close to the scene the place PCSO Julia James was killed at Akholt Wood

Julia's daughter Bethan Coles urged people to share the message to light a candle in memory of her mother tonight

Julia's daughter Bethan Coles urged people to share the message to light a candle in memory of her mother tonight

Julia’s daughter Bethan Coles urged folks to share the message to mild a candle in reminiscence of her mom tonight

A Kent Police discover posted on Facebook issued security recommendation mentioned they ‘perceive if individuals are feeling unsure for the time being about their security’ after the homicide.

And it urges locals to ‘stay cautious, vigilant and conscious of your environment when you find yourself out and about’.

A powerful police presence remained within the close by village of Aylesham, Kent immediately with PCSOs patrolling the streets.

They have additionally arrange a particular blue tent within the historic Market Square for anxious residents to talk to officers about their considerations.

Dover Chief Inspector Dan Carter of Kent Police reassured residents ‘a few of the easiest detectives within the land’ are attempting to catch the killer.

And though ‘no arrest has been made; we’re not ruling something out and are open to all prospects’.

He mentioned in a message to locals: ‘As your district commander, I’m really shocked and saddened by the dying of PCSO Julia James.

‘Julia was nicely preferred and extremely revered by her colleagues and members of the general public and we’re all devastated by what has occurred. 

Julia James was walking her Jack Russell (pictured: Ms James and her dog) at the time of her death. The dog remained at the scene with her body, according to reports

Julia James was walking her Jack Russell (pictured: Ms James and her dog) at the time of her death. The dog remained at the scene with her body, according to reports

Julia James was strolling her Jack Russell (pictured: Ms James and her canine) on the time of her dying. The canine remained on the scene together with her physique, in accordance with stories

This worrying update from the police told people to let others know where they were going before leaving their homes

This worrying update from the police told people to let others know where they were going before leaving their homes

This worrying replace from the police advised folks to let others know the place they have been going earlier than leaving their properties

Julia had finished her shift and headed out from home with her Jack Russell at around 3pm on Tuesday - her body, with her loyal dog sat next to it, was found at 4pm

Julia had finished her shift and headed out from home with her Jack Russell at around 3pm on Tuesday - her body, with her loyal dog sat next to it, was found at 4pm

Julia had completed her shift and headed out from residence together with her Jack Russell at round 3pm on Tuesday – her physique, together with her loyal canine sat subsequent to it, was discovered at 4pm

‘She can be fondly remembered and missed by all – my ideas exit to Julia’s household and pals and to every considered one of you inside the group at this troublesome time.

‘One of the largest policing groups I’ve recognized, together with a few of the easiest detectives within the land, are working tirelessly, leaving no stone unturned, to carry the offender to justice.

‘Working with our companions, the protection of our communities stays our precedence and we urge anybody who has considerations to talk with our officers who’re out and about in the local people, or contact us.’

An enchantment for data says it’s ‘vitally essential’ anybody who was within the space on Monday or Tuesday and noticed one thing suspicious, common walkers of the route who observed one thing misplaced or drivers who handed with dashcam footage to return ahead.

A ‘vital uniformed presence’ can be within the space and surrounding villages all through the week.

It got here after it emerged on Sunday native police have been conscious of a possible dognapping incident which befell weeks earlier than Ms James’s dying – with some now suggesting the killing might have been a ‘canine napping gone unsuitable’.

The warning, printed in a parish journal, urges canine walkers to not exit alone and even to hold an alarm or strolling stick.

Police say the warning was sparked by a report of a suspicious man in a BMW approaching two canine walkers again in March.

The man, regarded as in his 60s, is claimed to have provided to ‘change’ the pair’s canine for cigarettes.

The warning reads: ‘Dog homeowners are warned to be vigilant when your canine is outdoors the home. Your canine can’t be safely left unsupervised even in your individual backyard!

‘On Tuesday, March 16, two dog-walkers have been approached – in broad daylight – by a person in his 60s, from a black BMW within the lanes between Nonington and Aylesham, asking to change their pet canine for cigarettes and did they wish to do away with the canine anyway!

‘The recommendation is to not be alone, if potential. Extra precautions ought to be taken similar to strolling with a stick, maintaining your canine shut and on a lead, carrying an alarm and having your cell phone absolutely charged.

‘Please are you able to report any such approaches to police, taking cautious word of any automobile quantity plates and different figuring out particulars.’

Police officers walk near Ackholt Wood on Sunday as they search for information surrounding the death

Police officers walk near Ackholt Wood on Sunday as they search for information surrounding the death

Police officers stroll close to Ackholt Wood on Sunday as they seek for data surrounding the dying

Scores of police officers conduct a search in a field next to Ackhold Wood on Sunday as the hunt for her killer continued

Scores of police officers conduct a search in a field next to Ackhold Wood on Sunday as the hunt for her killer continued

Scores of law enforcement officials conduct a search in a discipline subsequent to Ackhold Wood on Sunday because the hunt for her killer continued

Police officers search bushes with poles close to the Ackhold Wood on Sunday

Police officers search bushes with poles close to the Ackhold Wood on Sunday

Police officers search bushes with poles near the Ackhold Wood on Sunday

Murdered PCSO Julia James’ household together with daughter and grandson go to floral tributes 

Murdered PCSO Julia James’ household have visited floral tributes as police examine whether or not her killing might have had a sexual motive – or if the assault was revenge for her work in stopping home violence.

Julia’s colleagues yesterday pledged to depart ‘no stone unturned’ of their hunt for the killer as Kent Police continued to comb woodland.

Meanwhile, Julia’s daughter Bethan Coles, son in legislation Chase Coles and her younger grandson Jaxxon visited a commemorative mining wheel memorial which has been lined in floral tributes from locals in Aylesham, Kent.

The group have been seen kneeling down, inspecting the flowers and studying the handfuls of heartfelt tributes this afternoon.

The Union Flag within the historic Market Square in Aylesham has been lowered to half mast in her honour.

It comes as police confirmed revelations {that a} flasher had made an indecent publicity weeks earlier than she died from ‘blunt power accidents’ was ‘an essential line of enquiry’. 

Aylesham Parish Council chair Mark Townsend introduced the flag down at round 2.30pm yesterday.

He mentioned on the village inexperienced: ‘This is a becoming tribute to somebody who has been an enormously valued member of our group.

We’ve by no means had something like this occur right here. It’s hit this group extraordinarily laborious. There’s no fast repair to this.

‘Hopefully the police will get the perpetrator.’

A blue tent has been erected within the village inexperienced as a hub for involved residents to talk to the police. 

Julia’s cousin Sam Griffin merely mentioned ‘our household is heartbroken,’ in an Instagram tribute.

She wrote: ‘My lovely cousin was brutally taken from us on Tuesday.

‘If anybody has any data, irrespective of how small…please report it to Kent Police.’ 

Meanwhile, Julia’s uncle Michael Turnbull pleaded for the general public’s assist to ‘discover this monster earlier than he may cause extra grief to a different household’.

Ms James was strolling her Jack Russell on the time of her dying. The canine remained on the scene together with her physique, in accordance with stories.

A supply advised the Sun that Ms James’s dying might have been a canine napping gone ‘horribly unsuitable’.

The supply mentioned: ‘It’s potential the assassin was focusing on her canine but it surely went horribly unsuitable. 

‘The killer shouldn’t be going to wish to take a chipped canine understanding he is simply dedicated a homicide.

‘He could have panicked and fled, leaving the canine.’

A Kent Police spokesperson advised MailOnline: ‘We are maintaining an open thoughts with reference to all potential strains of enquiry.’ 

It comes after the Mail revealed how a feminine canine walker was confronted by a prowler in a van one mile away from the place Ms James was killed.

The lady is claimed to have been accosted by a person in a white transit automobile as she walked alongside a quiet path within the village of Nonnington, Kent, two weeks in the past. 

The canine walker was allegedly pestered by a person in Nonington as she walked her canine. She managed to distract him earlier than fleeing and shouting out for assist.

It can be understood PCSOs patrolling the village close to Canterbury have warned girls out strolling their canines to ‘veer from their regular route’ and keep away from the woodland areas after their colleague’s dying.

Meanwhile villagers have claimed that there had been a spate of dognapping incidents within the space previous to Ms James’s dying. 

Residents residing between Nonington and Aylesham reported listening to of incidents during which canine walkers have been attacked as they walked their pets within the surrounding countryside.

Bob Hales, 74, a retired HGV driver, who lives between Aylsham and Nonington mentioned there had been a wave of tried dognappings in surrounding villages in current months.

He mentioned: ‘We did have just a little spate of tried dognappings round right here, primarily in Wingham.

‘It was in the previous few weeks. Apparently there was a van going round with RSPCA on the aspect, but it surely wasn’t actually the RSPCA.

‘I learn about it as a result of my spouse is within the Wingham WI [Women’s Institute].

‘It’s fairly regarding. Our canine died a couple of years so fortunately we do not have to fret about it a lot.’

Villagers have continued to pay tributes to Ms James. Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir expressed its ‘deepest sympathies’ with the household, pals and colleagues of Julia.

In a Facebook put up on behalf of all members of the choral group, it mentioned: ‘We want to specific our deepest sympathies to the household, pals and colleagues of Julia James after the tragic incident that occurred on Tuesday.

‘Our ideas exit to everybody locally who has been affected by these occasions.’

A team of police officers continue to search bushes close to the scene on Sunday

A team of police officers continue to search bushes close to the scene on Sunday

A group of law enforcement officials proceed to go looking bushes near the scene on Sunday

A police tent can be seen near Ackholt Woodon Sunday as officers search for evidence in the death of PSCO James

A police tent can be seen near Ackholt Woodon Sunday as officers search for evidence in the death of PSCO James

A police tent might be seen close to Ackholt Woodon Sunday as officers seek for proof within the dying of PSCO James

Police officers form a line as they search through a field for information near Ackholt Wood on Sunday

Police officers form a line as they search through a field for information near Ackholt Wood on Sunday

Police officers type a line as they search by means of a discipline for data close to Ackholt Wood on Sunday

Local residents continued so as to add bouquets to the pile of floral tributes positioned on a village inexperienced mining memorial within the centre of Aylesham.

The card fixed to at least one bouquet vowed to ship justice for Julia.

It learn: ‘PCSO Julia James your police household will get you justice. Thank you on your service. Sleep Tight. X’

Two officers remained beneath a blue gazebo erected on the village inexperienced for members of the general public to share considerations with police early on Sunday afternoon.

Another officer in black uniform led a German Shepherd police canine on circles of the village inexperienced.

Away from the centre of the village, 4 Kent Police vans, a police SUV, a police automobile and greater than 10 unmarked police autos could possibly be seen within the carpark of the Aylesham Community Project Building, which seems to be getting used as a brief police base.

Away from the centre of the village, four Kent Police vans, a police SUV, a police car and more than 10 unmarked police vehicles could be seen in the carpark of the Aylesham Community Project Building, which appears to be being used as a temporary police base. Pictured: Police at the scene on Saturday

Away from the centre of the village, four Kent Police vans, a police SUV, a police car and more than 10 unmarked police vehicles could be seen in the carpark of the Aylesham Community Project Building, which appears to be being used as a temporary police base. Pictured: Police at the scene on Saturday

Away from the centre of the village, 4 Kent Police vans, a police SUV, a police automobile and greater than 10 unmarked police autos could possibly be seen within the carpark of the Aylesham Community Project Building, which seems to be getting used as a brief police base. Pictured: Police on the scene on Saturday

Six officers split up in pairs and wearing fluorescent jackets were trekking through farmers' fields behind Akholt Woods, between Snowdown and Aylesham. Pictured: Police at the scene on Sunday

Six officers split up in pairs and wearing fluorescent jackets were trekking through farmers' fields behind Akholt Woods, between Snowdown and Aylesham. Pictured: Police at the scene on Sunday

Six officers break up up in pairs and sporting fluorescent jackets have been trekking by means of farmers’ fields behind Akholt Woods, between Snowdown and Aylesham. Pictured: Police on the scene on Sunday

Spate of tried dognappings befell in weeks earlier than Julia James’s dying, villagers declare

A spate of tried dognappings befell within the weeks earlier than PCSO Julia James was bludgeoned to dying, in accordance with villagers residing close by.

Residents residing between Nonington and Aylesham reported listening to of incidents during which canine walkers have been attacked as they walked their pets within the surrounding countryside.

Bob Hales, 74, a retired HGV driver, who lives between Aylsham and Nonnington mentioned there had been a wave of tried dognappings in surrounding villages in current months.

He mentioned: ‘We did have just a little spate of tried dognappings round right here, primarily in Wingham.

‘It was in the previous few weeks. Apparently there was a van going round with RSPCA on the aspect, but it surely wasn’t actually the RSPCA.

‘I learn about it as a result of my spouse is within the Wingham WI [Women’s Institute].

‘It’s fairly regarding. Our canine died a couple of years so fortunately we do not have to fret about it a lot.’

His neighbour, Pat Moon, 77, a retired post-worker mentioned she had heard of a number of violent incidents during which folks had tried to steal canines within the fields between Aylsham and Nonnington, a few months previous to Julia’s homicide.

She mentioned: ‘I’ve heard that individuals have been attempting to take canines and folks have been overwhelmed up.

‘It was about two months in the past I heard this. It’s fairly scary.

‘We are likely to keep away from that space and simply stroll our canines across the again. The canines are previous too now.

‘Thankfully, we have had no issues ourselves.’

Six officers break up up in pairs and sporting fluorescent jackets have been trekking by means of farmers’ fields behind Akholt Woods, between Snowdown and Aylesham.

A police SUV stays parked up by the aspect of the woods, seen from Pond Lane in Aylesham.

A heavy police presence continues to be in place on Aylesham Road, with seven police vehicles and three vans parked up on the street close to the woods. The lane stays blocked off by a police cordon.

Meanwhile the National Crime Agency (NCA) have immediately joined the investigation, it has been revealed.

The NCA primarily focuses on organised crime, human, weapon and drug trafficking, cyber crime and financial crime that goes throughout regional and worldwide borders.

However they are often introduced into any investigation the place it’s wanted. The NCA’s in depth expertise in cyber crime is considered one of its key belongings to native police forces.

A National Crime Agency spokesperson mentioned: ‘The NCA’s Major Crime Investigative Support unit is offering specialist help and recommendation to the continuing Kent Police investigation.’

The spokesperson didn’t give particular particulars into why the NCA had been referred to as into assist the investigation. 

Yesterday, an uncle of Ms James urged the general public to assist the hunt for her killer, saying: ‘Let’s discover this monster earlier than he may cause extra grief to a different household.’ 

Dozens of officers have combed the woods and surrounding fields since Tuesday afternoon, when her physique was discovered however they’ve but to discover a homicide weapon or a big clue to her attacker’s id.

Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull, from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the general public’s assist to catch the killer. 

‘Julia has been taken from us by some nugatory, cowardly excuse for a human being for no different motive than his personal sense of self-gratification to justify what he did, forsaking a household filled with damaged hearts and disappointment,’ he mentioned.

He advised how she was a mom to 2 kids, Bethan and Patrick, and a grandmother to Jaxxon. ‘Julia was humorous, form, caring, at all times noticed the nice in folks and, most of all, was full of affection.

‘Please share this and allow us to discover this monster earlier than he may cause extra grief to a different household.’

His shifting enchantment got here because the police group help officer’s daughter Bethan Coles, son-in-law Chase and grandson Jaxxon paid a go to to a makeshift memorial to learn the heartfelt messages left with dozens of floral tributes.

Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull (pictured), from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the public's help to catch the killer

Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull (pictured), from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the public's help to catch the killer

PCSO Julia James was killed while out walking her Jack Russell in Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, in Kent

PCSO Julia James was killed while out walking her Jack Russell in Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, in Kent

Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull (pictured left), from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the general public’s assist to catch the killer. PCSO Julia James (pictured proper) was killed whereas out strolling her Jack Russell in Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, in Kent

Mrs James had been working from residence when she took her canine Toby for a day stroll. 

She was seen leaving at round 3pm earlier than her physique was discovered an hour in a while a rustic path together with her loyal Jack Russell ready by her aspect. 

Kent Police investigators described a possible sexual motive for the homicide as ‘an essential line of inquiry’. 

They declined to reveal whether or not her physique was discovered absolutely clothed.

Detectives have additionally not dominated out a hyperlink to Mrs James’s work as a PCSO with the Kent power, most lately as a member of its home violence unit.

Floral tributes have been left close to the scene have been PCSO James was murdered. Police are nonetheless looking the world in search of the homicide weapon or proof linking the killer to the crime

Two women lay flowers in a park in Aylesham village at the weekend, close to the scene where PSCO Julia James was found

Two women lay flowers in a park in Aylesham village at the weekend, close to the scene where PSCO Julia James was found

Two girls lay flowers in a park in Aylesham village on the weekend, near the scene the place PSCO Julia James was discovered

Two PCSOs patrol the area near to the flowers left for PCSO Julia James at a park in Aylesham village in Kent

Two PCSOs patrol the area near to the flowers left for PCSO Julia James at a park in Aylesham village in Kent

Two PCSOs patrol the world close to to the flowers left for PCSO Julia James at a park in Aylesham village in Kent

Local residents have voiced their fears over the killer nonetheless being at massive. One feminine canine walker reported a person in a van exposing himself to her two weeks in the past, a mile from the scene of the homicide.

The killing occurred simply two miles from the place Lin Russell, 45, and daughter Megan, six, have been bludgeoned to dying in 1996. Nine-year-old daughter Josie was left near dying however recovered.

Mrs James’s husband Paul, 57, a hypnotherapist she married 4 years in the past, has to date been too upset to talk of his loss. Her son Patrick Davis, 23, has mentioned he’s devastated by his mom’s dying.

Police colleagues have additionally been paying tribute to the PCSO, who served for 15 years, by leaving flowers by the village of Aylesham’s mining memorial not removed from her residence.

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