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Heather Cooper: Surrey Police colleagues set up fund

Heather Cooper
Image caption Heather Cooper was described as "one of the best"

Colleagues of a Surrey police officer who was found dead in woods have set up a donation fund for her two children.

The body of Det Con Heather Cooper, 33, was found in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall, West Sussex, on 16 October.

Ms Cooper, who was originally from York, was killed by a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat.

Her former partner, Peter Foster, 35, of West Street, Haslemere, has been remanded in custody, charged with her murder.

He is due in court for a plea hearing on 10 February.

A spokesman from the Surrey Police Federation, which has set up the fund, said: "Heather Cooper was one of the best, not only professionally as a police officer, but as a person.

"Always up for a laugh and always a smile, her healthy outlook on life and the job was something many of us could only envy.

"Known to many as a close friend but to many more as a dedicated, committed and professional colleague, she will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched."

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