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York Minster funeral service for Surrey police officer

Heather Cooper
Image caption The Surrey Police detective grew up in Acomb near York

A detective found dead has been described as a "super mum" and a "super cop" as tributes were paid at her funeral at York Minster.

Det Con Heather Cooper was found dead in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall, West Sussex, on 16 October 2011.

The 33-year-old, who grew up in Acomb near York, worked for Surrey Police and had a young son and a baby girl.

Her former partner, 35-year-old Peter Foster from Haslemere in Surrey, has been charged with her murder.

Police outriders and uniformed officers accompanied the coffin at the cathedral for the service earlier.

The Rev Canon Glyn Webster paid tribute to Miss Cooper on behalf of her family.

"With her bubbly personality she brought joy and laughter into people's lives wherever she went."

'Tenacious' detective

He added: "Heather was a person who always lived life to the full and at high speed.

"She packed so much into her short life which was so tragically cut short.

"Her life was her children, her family, her friends and her job."

Paying tribute, Craig Denholm, the deputy chief constable of Surrey Police, said Miss Cooper was a "super mum, a super person and, indeed, a super cop".

Mr Denholm described how she joined the force in 2003 and moved to CID before specialising in investigating domestic abuse.

Image caption Miss Cooper had a three-year-old son and three-month-old daughter

He said she was a "tenacious" detective, determined to press cases until she got justice for victims.

"She was like a dog with a bone until she got what she thought was the right result for the victim."

He said one colleague said of her: "She was the person we aspired to be."

Miss Cooper, who grew up in York, was on maternity leave at the time of her death.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will also be held for friends and work colleagues at Guildford Cathedral on 29 November.

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