Retired cop Harry (#twitterking) tries his hand at writing books!

Torbay Weekly

One of the country's most well-known cops - now enjoying retirement in Torbay - has written his first novel.

His first novel is called The Cornish Scoop and is set against the backdrop of Devon and Cornwall and is based on true crime events witnessed by Harry.

He now lives in Torbay with his wife Rebecca and children Savannah and Rowan aged 22. The book is dedicated to his close friend and South Devon police colleague Olly Tayler who supported each other throughout their police careers.

Cornishman Harry joined the Devon and Cornwall Police force as a Special Constable and then as a full time regular police officer at the age of 24. He served in firearms, traffic and as a VIP protection sergeant.

He retired in April 2020 and is now an accomplished author, public speaker, police consultant and has just finished working on the G7 Summit.

The 52-year-old wrote a number one, best-selling autobiography titled ‘Firearms and Fatals’ which portrayed the past three decades of his life. His second book and debut novel has  been released in paperback and on Kindle.

The fictional character in the  novel, Treavey, is not so fictional when you dig a little deeper as he’s loosely based on Harry's 30 years’ service on the frontline.

Harry said: "The Cornish Scoop is a novel, but I’ll be totally honest, there’s very little I’ve had to imagine as I have experienced the majority of the content in this book as a police officer."

Harry runs a popular weekly live police audio and video podcast called Frontline Chat with Dave Wardell who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent with his police dog, Finn who was stabbed on duty and since made a full recovery and now implemented Finn’s Law and Finn’s Law part 2.

Harry won Best National Police Twitter Account in 2016 for his fair and unbiased views on policing and since retirement has continued to grow an active and loyal following and fan base of over 40,000.