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Relative of murdered PCSO Julia James hits out at “lack of outrage” following her death

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Relative of murdered PCSO Julia James hits out at “lack of outrage” following her death

A relative of the murdered PCSO Julia James has hit out at the “lack of outrage” following her murder.

The body of the tragic 53-year-old was found in Kent woodland near Canterbury last Tuesday after she went to take her dog for a walk.

A murder investigation has been launched, but any arrests are yet to be made.

The cousin of Mrs James, Samantha Griffin, took to Facebook this week to voice her concerns on why there had not been a “huge outrage” following her murder.

She wrote: “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 walking her dog, near her home. That’s all… and somebody must know something about what happened!

“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.”

This comes after several vigils were held for Sarah Everard, who was murdered by an officer from the Metropolitan Police in March.

Mrs James’ daughter, Bethan Coles, urged the nation to light a candle and place it on their doorsteps last night at 7pm in memory of her late mum.

She posted on Facebook on Monday: “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.”

At the time of writing, police have admitted that they do not have any suspects for Mrs James’ murder.

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