Julia James killing: Charity gives £10k reward to search out assassin of police neighborhood help officer

Julia James in an image released by Kent Police

2021-05-06 21:21:00

A £10,000 reward is being supplied to assist discover the assassin of police neighborhood help officer Julia James, who was discovered useless in woodland in Kent.

Charity Crimestoppers has launched the enchantment for nameless data after the 53-year-old’s physique was found in Akholt Wooden, close to Aylesham, on Tuesday 27 April.

Detectives have mentioned they nonetheless don’t have any motive or suspect for Ms James’ homicide greater than per week after it occurred.

It comes because the Kent pressure expands its search as a part of the investigation.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex severe crime directorate have organized for officers in Aylesham to broaden their searches of the encircling areas after Ms James was discovered useless simply earlier than 4pm on the day in query.

Officers now plan to look numerous different areas along with the preliminary crime scene in and across the wooden.

In addition they stay eager to listen to from anybody who was within the space outlined by the purple strains on the beneath map between 1pm and 4.30pm on 27 April.

Julia James murder

The world is contained by boundaries of the pathways of Spinney Lane to the north, Aylesham Highway to the east, Holt Avenue to the south and Pond Lane to the west.

Mick Duthie, from the charity, mentioned: “Crimestoppers is right here to assist individuals who – for no matter cause – will not or cannot communicate on to the police, however wish to do the best factor.

“By contacting our charity with data, we assure that you’ll keep 100% nameless.

“We’re not eager about who you might be and can by no means ask in your particulars – all we would like is data, nonetheless small, that may assist discover these behind this homicide.

“Julia’s life has mercilessly been taken away. If you realize who was concerned, please keep in mind our charity’s distinctive service guaranteeing your anonymity is right here for you.”

On Wednesday, police launched a picture of Ms James in the identical garments she was sporting earlier than she was discovered useless.

The picture reveals Ms James strolling her canine Toby whereas sporting a light-weight blue mackintosh, blue denims and darkish colored Wellington-style brown boots.

Julia James. Pic: Kent Police
Ms James died of great head accidents. Pic: Kent Police

The pressure mentioned the garments, aside from the gloves, are the identical as these worn by Ms James when her physique was found.

Police mentioned they hoped the picture would “spark a reminiscence” in anybody who could have seen her.

Ms James had been working at residence the day she was killed, earlier than going for a stroll.

Her physique was discovered at round 4pm by members of the general public and a autopsy confirmed she died of great head accidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards mentioned Julia’s canine, who was discovered on the scene, fashioned a part of the forensics technique however wouldn’t go into specifics.

A complete of 449 automobiles had been stopped within the space on Tuesday – per week after the killing – as officers attempt to glean new data from potential witnesses.

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