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Julia James: Man, 21, charged with murder of PCSO found dead near woods

Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, will appear via video link in magistrates' court on Tuesday charged with the murder of Julia James, Kent Police said

By Jonathan Coles Reporter

22:51, 10 MAY 2021Updated23:07, 10 MAY 2021

A man has been charged with the murder of PCSO Julia James, 13 days after her body was found.  Callum Wheeler, 21, will appear via video link in magistrates' court on Tuesday, Kent Police said on Monday.  Mum-of-two PCSO James, 53, was found dead near woodland in Snowdown, Kent on April 27.  Wheeler, from Aylesham, was arrested on May 7, the force added.  A statement said: "Detectives investigating the death of Police Community Support Officer Julia James have charged Callum Wheeler, 21, from Aylesham with her murder.  Julia, 53 was found deceased next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown just before 4pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.  Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate arrested the 21-year-old on Friday 7 May 2021. On Monday 10 May 2021, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised a charge of murder.  Mr Wheeler remains in custody and is due to appear via video link at Medway Magistrates Court on Tuesday 11 May 2021."

PCSO James was killed after she left her home to walk her beloved Jack Russell, Toby.  She had been working from home during the day.  A post-mortem examination revealed she died from significant head injuries.  Her body was discovered by a member of the public at around 4pm.  PCSO James' death prompted a huge police search, with officers descending on the hamlet of Snowdown to search for clues.  Locals were also quizzed and motorists stopped as Kent Police ramped up the manhunt.  The incident also led to an outpouring of emotion in the local community, with the support officer described as popular by colleagues.  Numerous tributes were also left, including by her family who described her as "fiercely loyal".  PCSO James' daughter Bethan Coles has been particularly vocal about the search on Facebook, encouraging people to come forward.  Kent Police said previously that the man they had arrested was a British national.  The arrest came after numerous appeals, including releasing an image of the clothes PCSO James was wearing when she died.