Body found believed to be Dylan Cecil

Police say that the body found outside near to the yacht club in Burnham-on-Sea is believed to be that of missing 4-year-old Dylan Cecil.

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Former PCSO convicted of serious sex offences

A former police community support officer in Somerset is facing a long prison sentence after being convicted of serious sex offences against a teenage girl.

Lawrence Dunn was found guilty of sex offences at Taunton Crown Court Credit: David Wilcox/PA Wire

48-year-old Lawrence Dunn from Burnham-on-Sea, was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court of eight offences of sexual activity with a child and one of attempted sexual activity with a female.

Judge Eric Salomonsen said it was a harrowing case and the evidence against him was compelling. It was a gross abuse of trust and of his position as a community support officer.

Dunn was remanded in custody for reports and sentencing later and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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Petition calls for Burnham-on-Sea's jetty to be made safer

The jetty at Burnham-on-Sea where Dylan Cecil fell into the water. Credit: ITV West

More than 250 people have signed an online petition to make Burnham-on-Sea's jetty safer.

It follows the death of four year old Dylan Cecil who fell into the sea last month.

Campaigners are calling for Sedgmoor District Council to install a fence and gates to stop children wandering onto the slipway.

Walking for Dylan

The group raised around £1000 for the RNLI. Credit: Burnham-on-Sea.com

More than 20 fundraisers have walked from Bridgwater to Burnham-on-Sea in memory of Dylan Cecil, the youngster who drowned after falling into the sea last month.

The walkers raised around £1000 for the RNLI - which was one of the charities involved in the search for Dylan.

Funeral of 4 year old Dylan will take place this lunchtime

The funeral of a boy who drowned after slipping from a jetty at Burnham on Sea is due to take place this lunchtime. 4 year old Dylan Cecil was visiting his grandparents when he fell in the sea last month. His parents jumped in but were unable to save him.

The service is being held at St Mary's Church in his home town of Kettering.

The funeral of four year old Dylan Cecil is taking place at 1 pm Credit: Family picture

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Parents plan annual trip to Burnham-on-Sea to remember Dylan Cecil

Dylan Cecil slipped off a jetty at Burnham-on-Sea Credit: ITV West

The parents of Dylan Cecil, the little boy who drowned at Burnham-on-Sea, have vowed to return to the town every year to mark the anniversary.

Darren Cecil and Rachel McCollum have returned home to Kettering after their son's body was released by the coroner. The four-year-old slipped off a jetty and into the sea 12 days ago.

Coroner: Dylan Cecil died by drowning

A four-year-old boy who was visiting the seaside with his family drowned after slipping from a jetty, a coroner said today. Dylan Cecil was on holiday visiting his grandparents when he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset on Sunday August 19.

More than 400 people joined the boy's parents at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-on-Sea to remember Dylan during a memorial service on Sunday, while a minute's silence was also held for people to pay their respects near to where Dylan was last seen alive.

Coroner Michael Rose today said a post-mortem examination showed Dylan drowned.

No members of Dylan's family were present at the short hearing when his inquest was opened in Taunton.

It was adjourned until a date yet to be set.

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