Detectives hunting for the killer of PCSO Julia James have arrested a man in connection with her murder.

Kent Police said the man, a British national in his 20s from the Canterbury area, was detained on Friday evening and remains in custody.

Ms James, a serving community support officer, was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, on 27 April.

Julia James. Pic: Kent Police
Image: Ms James was found dead after going out to walk her dog. Pic: Kent Police

The 53-year-old died from serious head injuries while out walking her dog Toby, who was found unharmed by her side.

Following the arrest, Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards 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 April 27 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.”

More on Julia James

Kent Police had released a photo of a man they wanted to speak to as part of their investigation but said on Friday they were no longer seeking information about him.

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

Earlier this week, police issued an image of the PCSO in the clothes she was wearing before she was killed.

Julia James in an image released by Kent Police
Image: Police released this image of Ms James in the clothes she was wearing before she was killed

The picture showed Ms James walking her Jack Russell while wearing a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark Wellington-style brown boots.

Police said it was the same clothing, apart from the gloves, which she wore on the day she died.

Anyone with information regarding Ms James’s murder is asked to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.

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