January 10, 2011
scout leader questioned over sexual allegations
Burnham-On-Sea scout leader has been arrested in connection with
child sex abuse allegations.
David Burland, 53, of the 1st Burnham Scout Group, was arrested
on Wednesday and later released on bail.
Police said the allegations involve assaults on four children
under the age of 16.
The Scouting Association said Mr Burland was suspended from any
form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegation was
Mr Burland has been involved in the Scout movement since the
1990s. Avon and Somerset Police said no charges have been made,
but inquiries are ongoing.
spokeswoman Claire Stanley confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
can confirm that a 53-year-old man from Burnham has been arrested
on suspicion of sexual offences involving children. An
investigation has been launched. The individual has been released
on bail pending further enquiries."
added that anyone with any concerns should contact Avon and Somerset
Police on 0845 456 7000.