Julia James death: Man charged with murder of police community support officer appears in court

A 21-year-old man charged with the murder of police community support officer Julia James in Kent has appeared in court.

Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He spoke only to confirm name and address and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

The body of Ms James was discovered in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown on 27 April.

Kent Police arrested Wheeler on Friday evening.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said police are not "actively" seeking any further suspects in connection with her death.

"Today we continue to appeal for witnesses. I am confident that there were people in the area at the time that we want to speak to," he said.

"I have no information to suggest at this stage that anyone else involved in this offence.

"We are not at this stage looking actively to make any further arrests."

Last week, police issued an image of Ms James in the clothes she was wearing before she was killed.

The picture showed her in a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark Wellington-style brown boots, as she walked her Jack Russell.

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

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