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Julia James: Daughter of murdered PCSO is 'so proud' of work her mum did to help domestic violence victims

The daughter of murdered PCSO Julia James says she is "so proud" of the work her mum did to help others.

The beloved grandmother and mum-of-two was tragically killed while out dog-walking in her home hamlet of Snowdown, outside Canterbury, three weeks ago.

Julia James on her wedding day, with her son, Patrick, and daughter, Bethan
Julia James on her wedding day, with her son, Patrick, and daughter, Bethan

Having joined Kent Police in 2008 as a crime reduction PCSO in east Kent, Julia spent her career serving the local community and most recently supported victims of domestic abuse in the Vulnerability Investigation Team, based at Canterbury police station.

Taking to Facebook, Julia's daughter Bethan Coles wrote: "I have received messages from a number of women who Mum had met during the course of her work; in which she supported victims of domestic abuse.

"It makes me SO proud when I hear about how she has helped and supported these women through their terrible experiences.

"I’m so lucky to be her daughter."

She also included the #justiceforjulia hashtag - which has been widely used in social media posts about Julia's death and the high-profile search for her killer - along with a link to a KentOnline article about an MP's calls for the new Victims' Bill to be named after Julia as a "fitting tribute" to the work she did with domestic violence victims.

Julia James loved her job as a PCSO
Julia James loved her job as a PCSO

Julia, 53, was found dead on a remote track in Snowdown on Tuesday, April 27.

A post-mortem investigation revealed she had suffered "significant head injuries", sparking a widespread police hunt for the person responsible.

On May 10, 21-year-old Callum Wheeler, of Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham, was charged with Julia's murder.

He appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday morning via prison link from Belmarsh, before senior judge Philip Statman.

He was remanded in custody to next appear on June 8, with a trial date set for November 29.

Julia's family have previously described her as "fiercely loyal" and someone who "loved with her whole heart".

Mass dog walks in Julia's memory are being planned across the country for 10am this Sunday.

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