olice investigating the murder of their colleague Julia James have launched random vehicle checks in the search for her killer.
One week on from Ms James’ death, officers carried out road stops in Aylesham, Kent, to ask whether motorists had been in the area last Tuesday when the PCSO was attacked while walking her dog on a country footpath.
Ms James, 53, was discovered just before 4pm next to Akholt Wood with blunt force trauma injuries to her head.
Bethan Coles shared a photograph of a candle burning on her doorstep alongside a photograph of her mum and said “there are no goodbyes for us, wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”
The family have started a social media campaign #justiceforjulia to help keep the murder investigation in the public eye.
A minute’s silence was also held in Julia’s memory by Kent Police staff at 2.30pm on Tuesday.
Road checks were carried out in the area between 12.30pm and 6.30pm.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: “PCSO Julia James was a much-loved member of the policing family and we are all shocked and devastated by her death. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with her family and friends.
“I would like to reassure them and everyone else that we are leaving no stone unturned in investigating what happened to Julia and bringing whoever was responsible to justice.”
Ms James was discovered alongside her Jack Russell, Toby, and police are revisiting a series of dognapping incidents in the area.
The National Crime Agency have also provided specialist advice on forensic search techniques.
Officers continue to appeal for information and are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on April 26 and 27 who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
A tent has been set up in Market Square, Aylesham, for anyone with information or concerns to stop by and speak to an officer.
ACC Richards added: “My thanks go to the significant number of people who have spoken to us and provided information to date. If you think you might know something and have not already spoken to us then please do get in touch, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. Sometimes the smallest pieces of information lead to the biggest breakthroughs.
“We understand why people living in the Snowdown area and further afield may feel uncertain about their own safety following Julia’s death, and we continue to advise people to remain vigilant until the full circumstances are established.”