The terrier, named Toby, was found next to her body last Tuesday afternoon in Snowdown, near Dover in Kent. Mrs James, 53, had taken her pet for a walk near her home. Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards has said detectives investigating the murder are still are not aware of a motive and have not made any arrests.
Speaking eight days after the incident, he told a press conference he is keeping “an open mind”, adding: “I do not know the motive of this attack. I do not know if it’s somebody she knew.
“I do not know if it’s a stranger attack, of course that possibility is particularly frightening to local residents.”
He said he wants to hear from people who were in the location on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of last week.
“We’re genuinely interested in any information. If anybody has got any concerns, any suspicions, we really want to hear about it,” he said.
More to follow…