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Murdered PCSO Julia James laid to rest in emotional funeral as dozens of cops pay tribute

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MURDERED PCSO Julia James was at present given a guard of honour earlier than she is laid to rest in an emotional funeral.

The 53-year-old was bludgeoned to loss of life close to woodland in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27.

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Police line the streets to honour Julia JamesCredit score: @KatyaKMTV/KMTV
A hearse is driven through the guard of honour

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A hearse is pushed via the guard of honourCredit: @SimonJonesNews/BBC
Julia James, 53, was found dead next to Ackholt Wood in Snowdown on Tuesday April 27Julia James, 53, was discovered useless subsequent to Ackholt Wood in Snowdown on Tuesday April 27

A non-public funeral for Julia is going down at present at Canterbury Cathedral for her family members to say goodbye.

The PCSO, who labored with home violence victims at Kent Police, was given a Guard of Honour outdoors Canterbury Police Station.

Well-wishers additionally lined the streets close to to the sleepy village the place Julia lived to say their goodbyes.

Mourners had been requested to put on blue in a nod to Julia’s courageous work with the police.

Julia is being laid to rest at Canterbury Cathedral

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Julia is being laid to rest at Canterbury CathedralCredit score: Canterbury Cathedral/Youtube
Her police hat can be seen on her coffin

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Her police hat could be seen on her coffinCredit: PA
The PCSO is being laid to rest today

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The PCSO is being laid to rest at present
Mourners line the streets in Kent today

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Mourners line the streets in Kent todayCredit: @amandaakass/BBC South East
Flowers and balloons left for the mum-of-two

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Flowers and balloons left for the mum-of-twoCredit: @amandaakass/BBC South East
A hearse carries Julia's coffin to the service

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A hearse carries Julia’s coffin to the service

Julia’s daughter Bethan Coles teared up as she learn a poignant poem on the service, which is being livestreamed.

Her son Patrick Davis learn a eulogy as flags at police and council buildings in Kent have been flown at half mast.

Bethan earlier urged the group to “come together once more” forward of the funeral.

She wrote on Facebook: “It could be pretty to see the group come collectively as soon as extra; so if you want to collect in the Market Square or line the streets for a last farewell please accomplish that!

“There will be a small private wake however the Ratling will be open for those wishing to have a drink in my Mum’s memory and have kindly offered to open early and show the service on their big screen should anyone wish to see it.”

A police hat might be seen positioned on Julia’s coffin as it was carried into the cathedral at present.

Gavin Moss, Temporary Detective Superintendent for Kent Police stated: “Words cannot do her justice and we cannot be more proud to have had Julia as a colleague.”

The order of service for Julia's funeral

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The order of service for Julia’s funeral

Julia had left her residence with Jack Russell Toby on her traditional dog-walking route an hour earlier than the killing on April 27.

Her beloved canine stayed along with her physique after the assault, which police imagine was random.

Julia was not on responsibility on the time of her loss of life or carrying uniform.

Callum Wheeler, 21, was arrested round eight miles from the place the mum-of-two’s physique was discovered and later charged with homicide.

He has been remanded in custody with a provisional trial date was set for November 29.

A court docket was instructed the assault was “extremely violent” and “at this time it seems completely random” – with police nonetheless unclear on a motive.

Cops have confirmed they don’t seem to be “actively” searching for any additional suspects over Julia’s loss of life.

‘FIERCELY LOYAL’

Her heartbroken household beforehand paid tribute to the “fiercely loyal” mum and gran.

They stated in a press release: “There aren’t any phrases to adequately describe the void left in our lives by the loss of life of our mum.

“She was a lot to so many individuals; a spouse, mom, daughter, nanny, sister and a buddy.

“Mum was fiercely loyal, she liked along with her entire coronary heart and nothing was an excessive amount of bother for the folks she cared about.

She had a gorgeous smile and was at all times fast to snigger, she was so naturally humorous with a superb sense of humour.

“It’s tough to describe an individual in a number of sentences, to describe who they really have been is not possible, however the individuals who knew her will understand how type she was and the way she would convey a lot enjoyable and life to a room.

“Her loss will likely be felt by us each second of day-after-day. She will likely be so sorely missed. As a household we are attempting to perceive how we’ll navigate our lives with out her, it appears an not possible job.

“We would like to thank everybody who has messaged and left flowers, the outpouring of love and support from friends, the local community and our policing family has been enormous.”

Julia was discovered dead with loyal dog Toby by her side

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Julia was found useless with loyal canine Toby by her sideCredit: PA
Julia's daughter Bethan has said she is 'so proud' of her mumJulia’s daughter Bethan has stated she is ‘so proud’ of her mum
The PCSO worked in the domestic violence unit

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The PCSO labored in the home violence unit
Many have paid emotional tribute to the much-loved mum, who was seen as a pillar of the community

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Many have paid emotional tribute to the much-loved mum, who was seen as a pillar of the communityCredit: PA
Callum Wheeler has been charged with murderCallum Wheeler has been charged with homicide
Hundreds take to the streets for stroll in reminiscence of murdered PCSO mum-of-two Julia James

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