PCSO Julia James’ murder: Cops beg public to 'do the right thing' and find man who could unlock death riddle
POLICE hunting the killer of murdered PCSO Julia James have released an image of a man who they say could be "key" to the investigation.
Cops say the man was seen in the area the day after her body was found on a remote footpath near Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent.
Detectives want to speak to the man who was pictured in Spinney Lane in the nearby village of Aylesham on Wednesday April 28 – the day after PCSO Julia James was murdered.
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said he is "crucially important" to their probe and urged anyone with information to "do the right thing and get justice for Julia".
ACC Richards told a press conference: "This man was in a very relevant location the following day and I have reason to believe he has information or evidence crucial to the inquiry.
"You may know this individual, you may work with him, you may shop where he shops, if you have any information, please contact us.
"He is possessing information hugely crucial to the investigation."
ACC Richards added the man's unknown identity was "a big frustration to the investigation", but didn't confirm he was a suspect.
Julia’s daughter today pleaded for anyone who knows or has seen the man pictured to get in touch with police.
Bethan Coles wrote on Facebook today: "SHARE SHARE SHARE. Who is this man? Do you know him? Have you seen him? Please contact Kent Police."
Her husband Chase Coles added in a separate post: "PLEASE SHARE."
Julia's cousin Sam Griffin wrote in her social media appeal: "An image has been released by @kentpoliceuk of a man they wish to locate on the investigation into my cousin #juliajames murder.
"If you know him. If you know where he is. Speak up! Call Kent Police on 0800 0514 526."
The new picture comes just a day after a £10,000 reward was offered to find the monster who murdered Julia amid fears her killer could strike again.
Julia, 53, was found bludgeoned to death at 4.08pm on Tuesday April 27.
She had been working at home that day before taking her Jack Russell Toby for a walk in the Aylesham Road area around 3pm.
A post-mortem examination revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.
We firmly believe he has information that could help this investigation and we urge him to come forward."
Her devastated husband yesterday posted a heartbreaking comment underneath a picture of the pair on their wedding day.
Paul James, 57, changed his profile picture on social media to the loved-up snap of the couple following the tragic loss of his wife.
He also used the "Help us find #justiceforjulia" frame which many people have adopted to spread awareness.
Mr James commented beneath it: "I miss you so much Luvly xxx"
It is believed to be the first time Mr James has commented publicly since Julia was killed.
Her son-in-law Chase Coles said more than 8,600 people have changed their profile picture to include the family's appeal filter and the #justiceforjulia hashtag has been shared more than 5,000 times.
He added in a Facebook post: "Huge thank you to Crime Stoppers who are now offering a 10k reward for anyone with crucial information.
"Please, we have to keep sharing all we can! Someone knows something! Julia was taken from us in such a barbaric way. No family should have to endure this.
"We need to find the inhuman and absolute evil person responsible before it happens again! They cannot be allowed to walk amongst us!"
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said today: "We are now in a position to release an image of a man we would like to speak to.
DO YOU KNOW HIM?
"We firmly believe he has information that could help this investigation and we urge him to come forward.
"We are also appealing to the public or anyone who knows this individual to please come forward with his details.
"Perhaps he lives near you, perhaps you work with him or perhaps he visits your local shop to buy food.
"Please get in touch and help us find the answers Julia’s family deserve."
ACC Richards added: "We’re still waiting for that critical phone call or piece of information to help solve this investigation.
"We have a large team of specialist detectives working on this case but there is someone somewhere who knows this man in the picture, or who knows something about the day Julia died.
"I urge them to do the right thing and get in touch. We will handle your call with the utmost confidence and sensitivity."
Yesterday, Charity Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward for information that will lead to Julia's killer.
Mick Duthie, Director of Operations, said: “Julia’s life has mercilessly been taken away. If you know who was involved, please remember our charity’s unique service guaranteeing your anonymity is here for you.
“By contacting us, you can help – anonymously – to have the person behind Julia’s murder face up to the consequences of their violent actions and you may even prevent someone else from coming to harm.
"Our UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
"The information we receive makes a huge difference in helping to keep communities safe, so even if what you know may seem insignificant, it could make all the difference."
Anyone who recognises the man in the police photo is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.
Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also still being asked to submit details online at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4601020121F07-PO1
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