Woman is found dead on footpath in Kent village sparking huge police response


Detectives are today investigating the ‘suspicious’ death of a serving PCSO in her 50s after her body was found on a footpath near a quiet hamlet. 

Officers were called to Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent, at around 4pm on Tuesday following reports a body had been found near to Akholt Wood. 

Police today confirmed the body was that of a serving PCSO for Kent Police.

Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances and are treating her death as suspicious.

No arrests have been made at this time. 

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards said: ‘Officers are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.

‘It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and whilst there is a full and thorough investigation underway our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.’

Officers were called to Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent, at around 4pm on Tuesday following reports a body had been found near to Akholt Wood. Pictured: The scene today

Nearby fields remained sealed off today and a police tent can be seen on a path that runs between a field and woodland

Nearby fields remained sealed off today and a police tent can be seen on a path that runs between a field and woodland

He added: ‘It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.

‘We’re particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.

‘We would advise anyone in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established.’ 

Nearby fields remained sealed off today and a police tent could be seen on a path that runs between a field and woodland. 

Locals say the small community, comprised of roughly 54 houses and part of the village of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’ after the death.    

Kent Police today confirmed the body was that of a serving police community support officer, adding her death is being treated as suspicious

Kent Police today confirmed the body was that of a serving police community support officer, adding her death is being treated as suspicious

Locals say the small community, comprised of roughly 54 houses and part of the village of Aylesham, has been left 'shocked' and 'reeling' after the death

Locals say the small community, comprised of roughly 54 houses and part of the village of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’ after the death

Linda Keen, councillor for Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, said: ‘It’s absolutely dreadful news and a tragedy for the woman, her family and the local community who must be in shock.

‘This sort of incident is very atypical for Aylesham and doesn’t really happen here.

‘I’m sure the police will do absolutely everything they can to establish what has happened.’

Fellow Dover District Councillor for the ward Peter Walker said: ‘Police have a large cordon in place and continue to search after the woman’s body was found. 

‘It seems very serious.

‘It is a tragedy for the locals and will shock this usually peaceful community without a shadow of a doubt. This kind of thing doesn’t happen here.’ 

Police rushed to a Kent hamlet last night after a woman was found dead near to a footpath

Police rushed to a Kent hamlet last night after a woman was found dead near to a footpath

Officers were called to Snowdown, near Dover, at around 4pm on Tuesday following reports a body had been found near to Aylesham Road

Officers were called to Snowdown, near Dover, at around 4pm on Tuesday following reports a body had been found near to Aylesham Road

Photographs from the scene show forensics teams in attendance, alongside several police vehicles. Reports claimed a fire engine had also arrived

Photographs from the scene show forensics teams in attendance, alongside several police vehicles. Reports claimed a fire engine had also arrived

Charles Woodgate, who also represents Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, said: ‘It’s a young woman who was sadly found dead yesterday afternoon.

‘This is a tragedy and a terrible thing to happen here.’

Aylesham Parish Council chair Mark Townsend added: ‘It’s a tragedy that the community is reeling from.’       

Kent Fire and Rescue confirmed a fire engine had been in attendance at the scene some two hours after police arrived, but would not confirm the reason for this. 

Road closures were in place as officers investigated the death last night.  

Witnesses said a footpath was taped off during the incident, KentOnline reported.   

It is understood a heavy police presence remained at the scene late into last night

It is understood a heavy police presence remained at the scene late into last night

Witnesses said a footpath was taped off during the incident. Pictured: Police at the scene

Witnesses said a footpath was taped off during the incident. Pictured: Police at the scene

Kent Fire and Rescue added: ‘Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called at 18.22 to assist Kent Police in Aylesham Road, in Snowdown, Dover. 

‘One fire engine attended.’    

Kent Police 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 or can submit video footage online.

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