Kent Police said the man has now been identified and they are no longer appealing for information about him (Picture: Getty/ Kent Police)

Police investigating the murder of police community support officer Julia James have identified the man they wanted to speak to following an appeal.

Officers released a photo of the unnamed man earlier on Friday, saying he could be of ‘crucial importance’ to the investigation.

In an update on Friday evening, Kent Police said the man has now been identified and they are no longer appealing for information about him.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: ‘As throughout the investigation, the power of the public and their support has helped this investigation and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for getting in touch to help us.

‘I can confirm we have identified the man in the photo and we no longer need the media to run his image, nor do we need further information about him at this time.’

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