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Heather Cooper death: Peter Foster remanded in custody

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

A former police detective charged with murdering his partner who was a serving Surrey police officer has been remanded in custody.

Peter Foster, 35, is accused of killing Det Con Heather Cooper, 33, at their home in West Street, Haslemere, Surrey.

Her body was found by police in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall, West Sussex, on Sunday evening.

Mr Foster spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Worthing Magistrates' Court.

The former detective constable will next appear at Lewes Crown Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

A post-mortem examination revealed Ms Cooper 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".

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

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