Family and friends pay tribute at funeral for PCSO Julia James

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The family of Police & Community Support Officer Julia James have led the tributes as her funeral was held at Canterbury cathedral.

Her son Patrick Davis spoke to those gathered for the service about his mother's "positivity, love and warmth."

He said: "Mum was the most amazing woman. She would go to the ends of the earth to help anyone. He had the most infectious laugh and a huge heart. Mum could make a joke out of anything and her sense of humour was amazing. Mum would light up a room with her smile as soon as she walked in. As she entered she would glow with positivity, love and warmth."

Watch - Julia James' son pays tribute to his mother:

Julia's daughter also spoke at the service, giving an emotional reading in memory of her mother.

Watch - Bethan Coles, Julia's daughter:

The 53 year old was found dead at Ackholt Wood in Snowdown near Aylesham, shortly after 4pm on April 27.

She had been out walking her beloved Jack Russell, Toby, near her home at the time.

Callum Wheeler, 21, from Aylesham, has been charged with her murder and is expected to stand trial later this year.

A procession passed through the village near her home, for members of the public to show their respects.

It later passed Canterbury Police station where officers conducted a Guard of Honour.

Julia James was killed while out walking her dog

Mourners were encouraged to wear a blue item of clothing if they wish, in tribute to her professional devotion during her policing career. 

It was led by Father Jeff Cridland, who is a Roman Catholic priest for Dover & Aylesham.

Watch: Father Jeff Cridland:

Before the service he said it would be an important moment for those who loved Julia "to be able to tell God why".

Julia's daughter Bethan Coles had also called on the community to "come together once more" as her mother was laid to rest.