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Julia James murder: Man in his 20s arrested in connection with death of PCSO

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The development in the case comes after the force issued a photo of a man they wished to speak with. Ms James, a police community support officer, was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27. A post-mortem examination revealed the 53-year-old died from significant head injuries.

Kent Police have said a man in his 20s from the Canterbury area was arrested at 9.30pm on Friday May 7.

The force confirmed the man is a British national.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards, from Kent Police, said: "We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact us.

"If you were in the Snowdown area between 1pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 27 April, please contact us.

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Police have arrested a man in his 20s in connection with the murder of PCSO Julia James (Image: GETTY)

"This includes anyone local who may have seen something out of place at the time, or who came across someone who made them feel uneasy - such as feeling compelled to cross the road or change the route they were walking."

Ms James worked with domestic violence victims in her role with Kent Police. 

On April 27 she went for a walk in woods near her home with her Jack Russell terrier Toby. 

The dog was found unharmed beside her body. 

The PCSO had been working from home on the day of her murder. 

The force released a photo on Friday of a man they said could be of "crucial importance" to the investigation.

Later in the day officers gave an update to say the man has now been identified and they are no longer appealing for information about him.

ACC Richards said at the time: "I can confirm we have identified the man in the photo and we no longer need the media to run his image, nor do we need further information about him at this time.

"It remains that we still need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time between 1pm and 4.30 pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021, as well as anyone local who may have seen something out of place at the time or who came across someone who made them feel uneasy - such as feeling compelled to cross the road or change the route they were walking.

"Despite identifying this individual, we are still keen to hear from those who have information that may help us."

Additional reporting by Jon Austin. 

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