An award-winning scout leader has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting children, it emerged today.
David Burland, 53, has been involved with the scout movement for more than 20 years and recieved a Medal of Merit for his long service in April 2009.
But he has been suspended by the Scout Association pending the outcome of the investigation by Avon and Somerset Police.
Mr Burland, a group scout leader in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, was arrested and bailed last week.
A spokesman for the Scout Association said: ”We are 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.
”Mr Burland was suspended from any form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegation was reported.
”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 & Somerset police added: ”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.”
He added that anyone with concerns should contact the force on 0845 456 7000.
Mr Burland was unavailable for comment.