A TERRIFIED female dog walker was accosted by a man in a van just one mile from where a tragic PCSO was murdered, locals claim.
Julia James, 53, was tragically discovered with head injuries in Akholt Wood in Snowdown, near Dover on Tuesday - with her loyal Jack Russell beside her.
The tragedy bears a chilling similarity to the brutal hammer murders just two-and-a-half miles away in Chillenden in 1996.
Police are now treating Julia's death as murder with locals urged to remain vigilant as the killer remains at large.
They are probing whether the mum, who had worked for the police for 15 years and was commended for bravery, was the victim of a random attack carried out by a stranger.
Locals say two weeks ago a woman walking her dog was approached by a man in a white transit van in Nonington - about a mile from the murder scene - two weeks ago.
He was distracted and the woman managed to flee in panic and called out for help.
One female neighbour of Julia said: “We’re all terrified. There’s a lot of dog walkers in the area.
Fears PCSO killer roamed streets for victim after female dog walker accosted by mystery van driver just days before
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