Scout leader quizzed after child sex allegations

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 January 2011

No charges have been brought against David Burland

No charges have been brought against David Burland

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A BURNHAM scout leader has been arrested in connection with allegations of sexual offences against children.

David Burland, a group scout leader of the 1st Burnham-on-Sea scout group, was arrested and questioned by police on January 12, and released on bail.

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the allegations which relate to alleged assaults on four children under the age of 16.

Mr Burland, aged 53, was immediately suspended by the Scouting Association as soon as the allegation was reported.

No charges have been made against Mr Burland, who has been involved in scouting since the 1990s, but police inquiries are ongoing.

A spokesman for the Scouting Association said: “The Scout Association is aware of the police investigation of David Burland.

“The Scout Association is currently co-operating fully with the statutory agencies in support of their investigation. Burland was suspended from any form of contact with the Movement as soon as the allegation was reported.

“The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to strict guidelines outlined in the ‘Young People First’ Code of Good Practice.

“As this investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for The Scout Association to offer further comment at this time.”

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We can confirm that a 53-year-old man from Burnham has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual offence involving children.

“An investigation has been launched. The man has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”

Anyone with any concerns is advised to contact the police on 0845 456 7000.

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