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Former policeman jailed for life

A former Surrey policeman has been jailed for life after admitting the murder of his policewoman partner and dumping her body in a shallow woodland grave in West Sussex.

Peter Cooper will serve at least 17 years in prison after changing his plea at Lewes Crown Court. Detective Constable Heather Cooper was on maternity leave when she was stabbed to death in October last year.

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Former detective faces murder charge

The coffin of DC Heather Cooper with her police hat on the top Credit: PA

A former Surrey police detective will appear in court today charged with murdering his partner, whose body was found dumped in a shallow woodland grave in Blackdown Woods in West Sussex last October.

35 year old Peter Foster is accused of killing Heather Cooper, who died after being hit about the head and stabbed through the throat at their home in Haslemere.

Foster denies murdering Miss Cooper, who at the time of her death was on maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter weeks earlier.