Published: January 10, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea scout leader questioned over sexual allegations

A 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 reported.

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.

Police spokeswoman Claire Stanley confirmed to "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."

She added that anyone with any concerns should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 456 7000.


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