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Heather Cooper death: Peter Foster accused of murder

Police at Blackdown Woods
Image caption The body was found in Blackdown Woods, near Lurgashall, in West Sussex

A 35-year-old former detective has been charged with murdering his partner who was a serving Surrey Police officer.

Peter Foster, 35, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Det Con Heather Cooper, and is due in Worthing Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The mother-of-two, 33, was found dead in Blackdown Woods, near Lurgashall, West Sussex, on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat.

Surrey and Sussex Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said Ms Cooper had been an "exceptional officer and much loved among her police colleagues".

She added: "The police service is in many ways like a family.

"The death of any officer is always a time of sadness but to lose Heather under such circumstances has been particularly hard to bear."

Surrey Police said Miss Cooper, who was originally from York, had been on maternity leave at the time of her death.

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