Daughter of murdered PCSO asks people to light a candle tonight for her mum

The daughter of a murdered PCSO is asking people to light a candle in memory of her mum tonight, a week on from her death.

The body of Julia James, 53, was discovered in Kent woodland in Snowdown, near Dover last Tuesday and an investigation to find her killer continues.

Her daughter Bethan Coles has now asked for people to light a candle and place it on their doorsteps at 7pm tonight in memory of her mum.

She said many had wanted to hold a vigil in Mrs James’ memory, but she said such an event may need policing and she would rather resources were not diverted away from the investigation.

It comes after Mrs James’ family pleaded for anyone with information about her death to help get ‘justice for Julia’ over the weekend.

Ms Coles posted on Facebook last night: ‘I’m so grateful for people sharing posts for #justiceforjulia.

‘A number of people have asked about holding a vigil for mum, and whilst I am so grateful for people wanting to remember her, I am very conscious that any gathering would need to be policed (if it was even allowed).

‘I’ve discussed this with my family and we are in agreement that we would prefer all police resources to be concentrating on the investigation as there is so much work to be done.

‘I’ve been thinking perhaps we could ask those who wish to remember Mum to light a candle for her and leave it on their doorstep.

‘This would be a beautiful nod to mum in a way that doesn’t intrude on the police investigation.

‘Tomorrow marks a week since we lost mum. At 7pm I will light a candle for her. Please feel free to share this message.’

Police at the end of last week admitted they have no suspects so far about who killed her and why, and are still trying to figure out the motive.

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But it has since emerged there was a spate of attempted dognappings in the area shortly before Mrs James died of serious head injuries.

An article appeared in the latest edition of the Nonington parish magazine warning of how two dog walkers were approached by a man in his 60s on March 16 who asked to ‘exchange’ their dog for cigarettes in the country lanes near Aylesham, close to the village of Snowdown.

Mrs James, who lived with her husband of four years, Paul, in the village, had been a devoted PCSO for more than 15 years.

Her uncle Michael Turnbull appealed for the public’s help to ‘find this monster before he can cause more grief to another family’.

He described her killer as ‘some worthless cowardly excuse for a human being’ who attacked her ‘for no other reason than his own sense of self gratification’.

Officers have remained in Aylesham near where her body was found, providing a reassuring presence in the days after her death.

Police tape has been put across the entrance to Akholt Woods, where Mrs James was understood to have used while out walking her beloved Jack Russell terrier Toby.

Officers in black could be seen inspecting trees and hedgerows in the fields behind Aylesham Road, and a police vehicles were seen parked in country lanes.

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