Julia James's loyal dog Toby used in police reconstruction where PCSO was found dead

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The dog belonging to PCSO Julia James has taken part in a police reconstruction in the woodland where his owner was found dead.

The body of the police community support officer (PCSO) was found after she took her dog Toby for their daily stroll at Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdon, Kent, on 27 April.

The reconstruction came as a 21-year-old man appeared in court charged with her murder.

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The loyal Jack Russell was discovered unharmed at the scene near where the 53-year-old’s body was discovered.

In the reconstruction on Tuesday, Toby was walked by an actress portraying his owner as police encouraged any remaining witnesses to come forward.

Embargoed to 1430 Tuesday May 11 An actress playing the role of PCSO Julia James walks her Jack Russell dog Toby, who was found at the scene, as they reconstruct the route taken by Julia and Toby in the fields behind her home in the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.
An actress playing the role of PCSO Julia James walks her Jack Russell dog, Toby, during a police reconstruction on Tuesday. (PA)
Embargoed to 1430 Tuesday May 11 PCSO Julia James's Jack Russell dog Toby, who was found at the scene, on the route that was taken by Julia and Toby in the fields behind her home in the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent, during a reconstruction. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.
PCSO Julia James's dog Toby during the police reconstruction. (PA)

Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, appeared in person at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: “Today, on the two-week anniversary of Julia’s death we will be conducting, with an actress and Julia’s Jack Russell dog Toby, a reconstruction.

“Once again I appeal to anybody who is seeing this footage today who remembers anything at all that could be of assistance to the investigation to help us piece together those last vital pieces.”

In the reconstruction, an actress wearing identical clothes to those Ms James was wearing when she was last seen – a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark boots – set off from the hamlet of Snowdon with Toby on a lead.

She headed through a wooded area that opened out on to a wide field – the same route Ms James is believed to have taken in the moments before her killing.

Embargoed to 1430 Tuesday May 11 Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards briefs member of the press before a reconstruction of the route taken by Julia James and her Jack Russell dog Toby in the fields behind her home in the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards briefs member of the press before a reconstruction of the route taken by Julia James and her dog Toby in Snowdon, Kent. (PA)
Two police officers lay floral tributes in a park in Aylesham village close to the scene in Snowdown, Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found. Picture date: Saturday May 1, 2021.
Two police officers lay floral tributes in a park in Aylesham village close to the scene in Snowdon, Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found. (PA)

After rounding the field, the pair headed away from the road and towards an area of woodland that is now cordoned off with police tape.

Richards said: “That is her typical daily walk with Toby around the perimeter of that field.

“And finally you will see her concluding her walk around the field and entering the woodland where sadly she was found shortly after four o’clock, two weeks ago today.”

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Wheeler was arrested on Friday and charged with Ms James’ murder on Monday.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

Ms James, described as “fiercely loyal” by her family, died from serious head injuries.

Richards said police are not “actively” seeking any further suspects in connection with the death of Ms James.

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