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Police statement over PCSO conviction

Avon and Somerset Police have released the following statement following the conviction of 48-year-old Lawrence Dunn, of Axbridge Road, Burnham-on-Sea, for serious sex offences.

He was formerly a Police Community Support Officer.

Lawrence Dunn was today found guilty of eight offences committed against a young person while in post as a Police Community Support Officer._

The court heard compelling evidence at the trial which highlighted the gross abuse of his position of trust.

Dunn had every opportunity to plead guilty following this investigation but instead put his victim through the trauma of a trial. The jury found him guilty of eight of the nine offences he was charged with.

Dunn resigned from his post when investigations into his conduct began. He has been remanded into custody for sentencing._

– Avon & Somerset Police

The statement continues:

We are disappointed with the actions of a man who was in a position of trust in our communities. We hope that this case sends out a stern message that any inappropriate conduct from officers within Avon and Somerset will be fully investigated.

– Avon & Somerset Police