Murdered PCSO Julia James died of ‘blunt trauma’ to head

Murdered community support officer Julia James died of “significant injuries” after receiving “blunt trauma to the head”, it has been revealed.

Police investigating the murder of an off-duty community support officer in Kent woodland have urged residents to be “cautious and aware”.

Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards paid tribute to Ms James at a press conference on Friday, calling her a “hugely devoted, passionate individual” who will be “missed by her colleagues”

Julia James was walking her dog in in Akholt Wood earlier this week when she was found dead with “significant head injuries”.

Floral tributes left – PA Image

The 53-year-old was off-duty at the time and was reportedly last seen while out walking her dog.

The death was originally viewed as “suspicious” but Kent Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that it is being treated as murder.

At a news conference close to the scene on Friday, Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said that while hundreds of officers were working on the investigation into her death there were currently no “clear suspects and no known motive”.

He said the public should be “cautious and aware” and added: “I do understand local residents are concerned – that is completely natural.

“But, I do not at this stage have an identified suspect and do not know what the motive is for this attack.”

Colleagues left flowers for her with a note saying “Your Duty is Done. Take it easy for now we will take it from here!” from “the Guys in Blue”.

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