Former detective arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in Lurgashall woods

A former detective has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body of a policewoman was discovered in woodland near Lurgashall.

The body of Heather Cooper, 33, was found on Sunday (October 16) at Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall.

Officers were called shortly before 11.30pm to a report of a concern for safety and firstly attended an address in West Street, Haslemere, Surrey, where mother-of-two Miss Cooper lived.

Following inquiries, they then went to the West Sussex woodland, where a search led to the discovery of the body concealed in undergrowth about four miles from the house.

Miss Cooper’s partner, Peter Foster, 35, was then detained by police. He is believed now to be a heating engineer after leaving Surrey Police around two years ago.

Police have cordoned off an area of National Trust woodland where the body was found while forensic officers carry out their investigations.

The detached house in Haslemere is still also cordoned off as police forensic teams examine the property.

Miss Cooper has not yet been formally identified but police stress the two were not married.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place this afternoon (Tuesday, October 18) at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, police said.