A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the murder of community support officer Julia James, Kent Police have said.

The 53-year-old’s body was discovered in Akholt Wood, near her home in Snowdown, Kent, Kent on April 27.

Mrs James, described as ‘fiercely loyal’ by her family, died from serious head injuries while out walking her dog.

Earlier this week, Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £10,000 for anonymous information that leads to her killer being convicted.

Investigators have said they still don’t know what weapon was used or what possible motive the killer could have had.

Today Kent Police said a British national in his 20s from the Canterbury area was arrested last night at around 9.30pm.

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.

‘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.’

Mrs James’ family also appealed for the public’s help to find the ‘monster’ who took her life.

Her cousin, Samantha Griffin, took to Facebook this week to question why there hadn’t been a ‘huge outrage’ over the murder, less than two months after murdered Sarah Everard’s body was found just 25 miles away in Great Chart, Kent.

Ms Griffin wrote: ‘Where is the uproar about my beautiful cousin? Where is the huge outrage and pouring of despair? Where are the vigils and protests about her murder?

‘She was walking her dog, near her home. Thats all […] and somebody must know something about what happened!

‘The person who did this, is walking our streets and your communities… so let’s stand up and make sure we swamp social media with her beautiful face in the hope that we can get information or the vile human who did this decides to hold their hands up. Our family, her friends and colleagues will not rest.’

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