Family tribute to murdered Heather Cooper
1:40pm 19th October 2011
(Updated 11:23am 21st October 2011)
The family of murdered police officer Heather Cooper have paid tribute.
A post mortem showed Heather, who was originally from York, died from a blow to the head and a stab wound to her throat.
He body was found in woodland in West Sussex on Sunday.
It's also been revealed she was on maternity leave at the time of her death.
Statement issued on behalf of the family of Heather Cooper:
“As a family we are devastated by the loss of Heather in such tragic circumstances. She was a much loved daughter, sister and granddaughter as well as a devoted mother to her children.
“Heather was popular amongst everyone she knew and we have been touched by all the flowers and tributes we have received from her friends and her colleagues.
“She was extremely proud to serve as a police officer, often going above and beyond in her duty, and her dedication and professionalism was recognised and commended.
“Heather always had lots of energy, so much so her initials H.S.C. could have stood for ‘High Speed Cooper’. She loved life and she lived it to the full.
“We would like to thank our family, friends and the police in Surrey and in Sussex for the support they have given us during this difficult time.
“We would ask that our privacy be respected and we are left alone to grieve.”
Today a former police detective 35 year old Peter Foster's appeared in court in West Sussex.
He's been remanded in custody.
He's accused of killing Detective Constable Heather Cooper at their home in Haslemere in Surrey.
It's believed he was in a relationship with the her when she was killed.
Surrey's Assistant chief constable has led the tributes for Heather calling her "an exceptional officer who was much loved. Her death has had a profound effect on those who knew her."
She was a serving Detective Constable at Surrey Police working out of Guildford since 2003.
Surrey and Sussex Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said:
“Heather’s death has had a profound effect on all who knew her and we are doing everything we can to support her family at this difficult time.
“She was an exceptional officer and much loved among her police colleagues, many of whom were also her friends.
“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.
“I cannot praise enough the professionalism of Heather’s friends and colleagues within the force, many of whom have continued to do their jobs at a time of personal grief.”
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