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Julia James suspect arrested after ‘daughter urged potential witness to speak’

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Original article from Kent Live

Julia James' daughter urged a potential witness to speak to the police before an arrest was made, it has been claimed.

Yesterday (May 8), police announced a man in his 20s from the Canterbury area was in custody in connection with the 53-year-old's death, after her body was found near Akholt Wood on April 27.

Kent Police released an image as part of an appeal for help in identifying a man deemed to be of "crucial importance" to the investigation.

He was seen with a Nike sports holdall about a mile from the crime scene in Akholt Wood the day after the murder, reports The Mirror.

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Last night the suspect was being questioned by officers.

Responding to the now-deleted appeal posted on Kent Police's Facebook page, a woman from Canterbury claimed her daughter recognised the man in the image, reports The Times.

The comment was buried among dozens of others but was spotted by Julia's daughter Bethan Coles, a police officer herself.

Julia James pictured wearing the outfit she was last seen wearing

The 31-year-old wrote: “Please go to the police if you have any information. We would be so grateful x."

The woman, who was not named by the newspaper, is said to have later posted to say that she had made contact with investigators.

The force said the arrest was made at 9.30pm on Friday.

A search is taking place at a property in Sunshine Corner Avenue, Aylesham, which is linked to enquiries being made in relation to the murder, police have said.

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."

Kent Police said on Thursday that the search area was being broadened to include "a number of other locations" in addition to the woodland where she was found.

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