A MAN is to appear in court today charged with murdering PCSO Julia James, who was found bludgeoned to death in a Kent wood.

A post-mortem said the 53-year-old grandmother had died of "significant" head injuries.

Who is Julia James suspect Callum Wheeler?

A man was on May 10 charged with murdering PCSO Julia James, 13 days after she was found bludgeoned to death.

Callum Wheeler, 21, was arrested at 9.30pm on Friday, May 7, about eight miles from where the 53-year-old mum-of-two was discovered with serious head injuries in Snowdown, Kent.

He is due to appear via video link at Medway Magistrates Court today, May 11.

In a statement, Kent Police 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.

"On Monday 10 May, 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."

Police had released a picture of a man "crucially important" to the investigation who was seen in the area the day after her body was found.

But Kent Police later confirmed they were no longer seeking information about him.

Forensic officers were seen searching a home in Aylesham as they removed potential evidence.

Ms James's devastated family previously paid tribute to the "fiercely loyal" mum and gran.

The grandma and mum-of-two had taken her dog for a walk after working from home on April 27.

But, she was found dead on a country footpath in the small hamlet, located between Dover and Canterbury.

The PCSO was not on duty at the time of her death or wearing a uniform.

Neighbour Sean Simmonds, 57, a paramedic, said that officers told him Mrs James’s loyal white jack russell, Toby, had stayed with her body after she was killed while on a walk with her beloved pet.

He said: "The police have been doing door to door knocks. They told us the dog stayed with her. They found the dog with her."

On May 7, an inquest was opened into the death of PCSO Julia James.

However, it was suspended at County Hall, Maidstone, in line with a request from a detective inspector.

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