Five of us who brought the first case against the Metropolitan police for deceiving us into abusive, intimate relationships have published our first book DEEP DECEPTION.

Published by Ebury, and available to order here, the book was published on March 31st 2022.

Helen, Lisa, Alison, Belinda and Naomi tell our version of what’s now known as the “spycops scandal”.

We’d thought the men we’d fallen in love with were good people, who shared our passion for making the world a better place when they’d joined our political groups. We had many happy years. But then they started to behave strangely and ultimately vanished, leaving a note explaining that they’d gone abroad to “sort themselves out”. Through forensic detective work, we eventually confirmed we had all been in serious relationships with men who were married police officers and whose deceit was funded by the taxpayer. 

As the we uncovered the truth, our discoveries caused the operations to fall apart dramatically and publicly, enabling us to find each other and take legal action. When we compared our stories, we discovered the chilling overlaps in our experiences.

Deep Deception tells the story of how our lives, one by one, were stolen by state-sponsored police spies and how we then came together to take them on and hold them to account. 

Lorna Russell, senior editorial director at Ebury Spotlight said:

Deep Deception is the breathtaking story of one of Britain’s biggest secrets. Police officers deployed by the Met went undercover and, each using manipulative techniques set out for them in a ‘Tradecraft Manual’, lured these women into serious relationships, spying on the most intimate part of their lives. Our authors have come together to tell the full story for the first time. Their book reads like a thriller: detailed, compelling and powerful but it’s all real life. They continue to fight for justice. We are so proud to be their publishers.”

DEEP DECEPTION – The story of the spycops network by Helen, Belinda, Lisa, Alison and Naomi.