DETECTIVES from Cumbria Police have been involved with the investigation into the murder of PCSO Julia James.

Kent Police have confirmed that two detectives from Cumbria Constabulary have been supporting officers from Kent as part of “national mutual aid” provided to the force.

Ms James was found dead in Akholt Wood, just a few 100 yards from her home in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27, with her Jack Russell dog Toby by her side unharmed.

The exact nature of the work the Cumbrian officers have been undertaking has not yet been revealed due to the fact the investigation remains live.

A 21-year-old man charged with the murder of PCSO Julia Jame appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday morning via videolink from Belmarsh.

Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, is accused of inflicting serious head injuries on the 53-year-old while she was out walking her dog.

He spoke only to confirm his name and to say he could hear the judge during the 12 minute hearing, before being remanded in custody.

A trial date has now been set for November 29, with a plea and trial preparation hearing set for June 8.

Judge Statman remanded the defendant in custody and said: "There being no application for bail, in the circumstances having looked at all the matters, it is right and proper the defendant should remain in custody."

He told Wheeler: "Your next court appearance is going to be the 8th June, until that time you will remain in custody."

Wheeler was arrested last Friday and charged with the murder on Monday.

He was remanded into custody at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said no further arrests were currently anticipated.

But Kent Police are still appealing for witnesses.

Earlier this week, officers created a reconstruction of Ms James' last known movements, featuring an actress wearing identical clothing to the PCSO walking Toby the dog.