Julia James: Tribute walks planned for killed PCSO

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image captionJulia James was a serving PCSO with Kent Police

Walks in memory of police community support officer Julia James who was killed near her home are being organised by her cousin.

Ms James, 53, was found dead next to Akholt Wood, Snowdown, Kent, after taking her dog for a walk on 27 April.

The Walk for Julia events are being planned by Sam Griffin.

Ms Griffin posted details on Facebook, saying she hopes "people all over the UK will be walking their dogs in memory of Julia".

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image captionPolice issued a photo of Julia James wearing the same clothing, apart from the gloves, which she wore the day she died

On Tuesday 21-year-old Callum Wheeler appeared in court charged with Ms James's murder.

On the same day, Kent Police carried out a reconstruction of her last known movements in a bid to encourage witnesses to come forward.

Following that, Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: "We have received a number of additional calls from members of the public and the local community with information they feel may assist the investigation."

"No information is too small or insignificant," he added.

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Ms Griffin posted that those taking part could walk any distance on their own dog walks.

Sally-Anne Bedford posted on Facebook that she was organising a Walk for Julia in Cheshire, with others responding saying they would hold walks in Lanzarote, Australia and New Zealand.

There will be an organised event starting at Ashford Bandstand at 10:00 BST on 23 May.

Ms Griffin suggested online that those taking part in the walks could wear something blue or blue ribbons, in recognition of Ms James's role in the police force.

Julia's Bill

Meanwhile, Dover Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke said a proposed law to support victims should be known as "Julia's Bill".

Speaking during the parliamentary debate on the Queen's Speech, she said Ms James was "a popular pillar of our community" who supported women and girls who were victims of violence.

She said: "For me and so many of my community the victims' bill should be known simply as Julia's Bill in recognition of the support she gave to so many people when they were vulnerable and in need."

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