Fund set up for children of police officer found dead near Lurgashall

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A FUND has been set up to help the children of a police officer found dead in woodland near Lurgashall.

Heather Cooper died from a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat, and her body was discovered on October 16.

A former detective with Surrey Police, Peter Foster, has been charged with her murder. He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court in February.

Now the mother-of-two’s police colleagues are rallying round to help safeguard the future of her young children.

In a statement, Surrey Police Federation said the force was feeling the loss of Miss Cooper, who joined Surrey Police in 2003 and worked in the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Guildford police station.

“Heather Cooper was one of the best, not only professionally as a police officer, but as a person. Always up for a laugh and always a smile, her healthy outlook on life and the job was something many of us could only envy.

“Known to many as a close friend but to many more as a dedicated, commited and professional colleague, she will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched.

“Our thoughts are with her children and her family at this terrible time. Surrey Police Federation offer the deepest of sympathies to all of her family but also to you, her friends in Surrey Police. May Heather rest in peace.”

To make a donation to Heather’s children, send any cheques or cash payments to Surrey Police Federation, 13 Munstead View, Surrey Police HQ, Sandy Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HG.

Cheques should be made payable to Surrey Police Federation Orphans Donations.