Violent offenders and sex attackers recently released from prison to be quizzed over PCSO Julia James's murder

VIOLENT offenders and sex attackers recently released from jail will be quizzed over the murder of PCSO Julia James.

Detectives intend to question them over their whereabouts at the time the mum of two was killed.

Julia was battered around the head with a blunt weapon while walking her dog in woodland near her home last Tuesday.

Police have no clear motive for the murder of Julia, 53, and have not recovered the weapon.

One source told The Sun: “Recently released violent and sex offenders are forming part of their investigation.

"They will be people of interest.

"It’s known those sort of criminals often reoffend after periods spent in prison. They’re looking at those in a certain radius.”

It comes after it emerged that women dog walkers were urged to carry alarms and sticks in the weeks before the murder because of dognappers near the woods in Snowdown, Kent.

Villagers yesterday said there had been a spate of pet snatch attempts.

Former postal worker Pat Moon, 77, said she had heard of several violent incidents in the fields between neighbouring Aylesham and Nonington.

She added: “I’ve heard people have been trying to take dogs and people have been beaten up. It was about two months ago I heard this. It’s quite scary.”

Cops are also investigating reports of a flasher and prowler.

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