Kent: Police investigate ‘suspicious’ death of serving PCSO Julia James

Detectives are investigating the "suspicious" death of a serving police community support officer (PCSO) who has been found dead in Kent.

Officers are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of 53-year-old Julia James.

Police were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday to Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown, where her body was found.

No arrests have yet been made as inquiries continue, Kent Police said.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards, said: "Officers are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.

"It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and whilst there is a full and thorough investigation under way our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.

"It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.

"We’re particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.

"We would advise people in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Video footage can be submitted online at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4601020121F07-PO1.

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