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Detective murder accused Peter Foster set for trial

Heather Cooper
Image caption Heather Cooper was a detective constable with Surrey Police

A provisional date for the trial of a former detective accused of murdering his police officer partner at their Surrey home has been set for 11 June.

Heather Cooper, 33, who served with Surrey Police, was killed by a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat in October last year.

Her body was found in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall, West Sussex.

Peter Foster, 35, of West Street, Haslemere, is due to enter a plea at Lewes Crown Court on 4 April.

Ms Cooper, a mother of two, served as a detective constable in the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Guildford police station.

She was originally from York and had been on maternity leave at the time of her death.

She was described by her family as a devoted mother, who "loved life and lived it to the full".

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