Cops tell residents near where PCSO Julia James murdered to inform family where they're going and keep phones charged

PEOPLE living near where PCSO Julia James was murdered must tell their family where they're going if they head out, cops have warned.

Officers told Snowdown locals to make sure their phones are charged before leaving home, with the killer still on the lose.

It comes almost a week after Julia, 53, was found dead shortly after 4pm on Tuesday with her loyal Jack Russell by her side.

She had suffered significant head injuries caused by blunt force while walking on a remote bridle path, just a few hundred yards from her home in Kent.

A Kent Police notice posted on Facebook today said they “understand if people are feeling uncertain at the moment about their safety” after the murder.

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

He said although “no arrest has been made, we are not ruling anything out and are open to all possibilities”.

In a message to locals he added: “As your district commander, I am truly shocked and saddened by the death of PCSO Julia James.

“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.”

An appeal for information says it is “vitally important” anyone who was in the area on Monday or Tuesday and saw something suspicious, regular walkers of the route who noticed something out of place or drivers who passed with dashcam footage come forward.

They have also set up a special blue tent in the historic Market Square for worried residents to speak to officers about their concerns.

A “significant uniformed presence” will be in the area and surrounding villages throughout the week.

It comes after reports a dognapper was on the prowl in the weeks before Julia's murder.

The BMW driver in his 60s twice approached owners in a threatening way.

It led police to put up a poster urging women not to walk their dogs alone and to carry a stick and an alarm.

The note warned women to not be alone, carry a stick and an alarm because of the dognapping attempts. 

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."

Detectives have not recovered a weapon and have no clear motive

They are also probing reports of a flasher.

Julia’s uncle Michael Turnbull posted on Facebook: “Julia has been taken from us by some worthless cowardly excuse for a human being for no other reason than his own sense of self-gratification to justify what he did, leaving behind a family full of broken hearts.

“Please find this monster before he causes more grief.”

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