Murdered PCSO Julia James' daughter urges public to light doorstep candles TONIGHT in fight for justice
THE daughter of a murdered PCSO has urged people to light a candle on their doorstep tonight as the hunt for her killer enters its seventh day.
Supporters had planned to hold a vigil in Snowdown, Kent, close to where Julia James, 53, was bludgeoned to death a week ago.
But her daughter Bethan Coles has instead urged well-wishers to light a candle at home instead so police resources are not diverted from the murder probe.
She wrote on Facebook yesterday: "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. #justiceforjulia"
It comes as the hunt for Julia's killer enters its seventh day – with police admitting they have "no clear suspects".
Kent Police assistant chief constable Tom Richards said last week the force can't rule out if her killer was someone she came across in her work, a potential dog-napper or if there was a sexual motive.
Julia, who worked for the domestic violence unit, was not on duty at the time of her death or wearing uniform and had just popped out to walk the dog after working from home during the day.
And ACC Richards said all of her possessions were still with her body – with Jack Russell Toby unharmed.
Locals have now been urged to “remain cautious, vigilant and aware of your surroundings when out and about”.
Julia's uncle Michael Turnball pleaded with the public on Saturday to find her murderer before they cause "more grief to another family".
Writing on Facebook, he said: "Julia has been taken from us by some worthless cowardly excuse for a human being for no other reason than his own sense of self gratification to justify what he did, leaving behind a family full of broken hearts and sadness.
"Please share this and let us find this monster before he can cause more grief to another family. #Justiceforjulia".
Julia's sister-in-law also called for the public to "help catch the monster" who killed her.
Their plea was echoed by other members of Julia's family – including daughter Bethan, who added a thin blue line filter to her profile picture with the mum-of-two.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone in the area on Monday or Tuesday who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
Anyone with information should call 0800 0514526.
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