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Police swoop on Aylesham house as man arrested over death of Julia James

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Original article from Kent Live

A house in Aylesham has been searched by police in connection with the Julia James murder investigation.

Julia, 53, was found dead next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown at around 4pm on Tuesday, April 27.

The property searched today, on Sunshine Corner Avenue, is located near to where she was found, and was cordoned off with a heavy police presence seen in the area.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "A search at a property in Sunshine Corner Avenue, Aylesham is linked to enquiries being made in relation to the murder of Julia James.

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"There is no further guidance at this stage."

Earlier today, police announced a man had been connected in relation to her murder.

There was a heavy police presence in Aylesham

The man, in his 20s from the Canterbury area was arrested at 9.30pm on Friday (May 7) and remains in custody.

She had been working from home that day before taking her dog, Toby, for a walk in the Aylesham Road area. A post-mortem revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.

Police at the scene of the cordon in Aylesham

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."

Officers could be seen talking to local residents around the police cordon.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.

Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also asked to submit details online here.

You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or by using the online form.

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