Tom Harper

Tom Harper is a multi award-winning investigative journalist. His honours include Scoop of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.  Tom has also been nominated as Specialist Journalist of the Year, News Reporter of the Year and Crime and Legal Affairs Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards.

He has held senior roles at a number of national newspapers, including the Independent and the Sunday Times.


Broken Yard

Tom Harper

Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police is a searing insight into corruption and mismanagement at Britain’s most famous police force.

Spanning the three decades from the murder of Stephen Lawrence to that of Sarah Everard, the book charts the Met’s fall from a position of unparalleled power to the troubled and discredited organisation we see today, placed under special measures and struggling to perform its most basic function: the protection of the public. The result is a devastating picture of a world-famous police force riven with corruption, misogyny and rank incompetence.

‘This book should be read by every police officer, every politician and everybody who cares about law and order in this country’

— Peter Oborne

‘[BROKEN YARD] exposes deep-grained criminality at the Met … Harper is excellent on how wrong the Met has got some of this, and on the weakness of its leaders’ responses.’ 

— The Spectator

‘Harper’s work is meticu­lous… he offers an insiders’ angle, and it is revelatory in its findings’

— Camden New Journal

‘Meticulous and passionate. Tom Harper has written the most authoritative critique of British policing in years’

— Lord Macdonald QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions

‘This magnificent book should be required reading for everyone involved in policing, in any way.’

— Peter Bleksley

‘Devastating … excellent and very timely.’

— Guy Adams, Daily Mail