Detective exposes child abuse in Falklands

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

RETIRED detective Mike Brewer has just returned from the Falklands where he headed up an investigation into historical child sex abuse.

The 56-year-old former cricketer, who lives with his family in Milverton, spent four months on the South Atlantic island.

He said yesterday: “I went out there initially on my own but it soon became clear it was a large investigation.

“It involved allegations of historical child abuse and a significant number of arrests were made. These are now going through the courts.

“Other detectives from the UK came out to help me because it was so big. I may well have to go back out again when the cases come up.”

Mr Brewer said that one of the reasons for him replying to an advertisement for an experienced child abuse investigator was his interest in the Falklands War of 1982.

“During my stay there I was able to visit all the major battle grounds – it is a fascinating place. It is 35 years this week that the Argentinians surrendered,” he added.

Mr Brewer captained Somerset Under 15s cricket team and went on to play for Somerset 2nd XI and captained Taunton for three seasons.

He was a very good spinner and a useful middle-order batsman.

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