Former police detective admits murder

A former police detective has admitted murdering a policewoman from York whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.

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Family of murdered policewoman humbled by tributes

The family of a woman murdered by her partner, a former police detective, says they are humbled by the respect and love shown after her death.

Heather Cooper, a policewoman who grew up in York, was killed in October last year at the home she shared with her partner Peter Foster.

Foster, 36, had initially entered a plea of not guilty to murder after Ms Cooper's body was found in woodland in West Sussex. But today he changed his plea to guilty, admitting to killing her at Lewes Crown Court.

Ms Cooper family released a statement thanking those who had been involved in the investigation and her friends and colleagues saying she would have been 'proud of them all.'

Since Heather’s tragic death, we have been humbled by all the wonderful tributes of respect and love that have been paid to her and the immense compassionate and sensitive support we have received from all quarters. We couldn’t have asked for more.

We would like to thank everyone, in particular the investigation team for all their professionalism and their hard work over the last eight months and all Heather's friends and colleagues for the incredible fundraising which they have undertaken in her memory. She would have been proud of them all.

– Statement on behalf of Heather Cooper's family

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