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Driver on sex charges

PUBLISHED: 17:34 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

A GOVERNMENT driver has been arrested following allegations of the sexual assaults against seven children. Gary Burman, the driver

A GOVERNMENT driver has been arrested following allegations of the sexual assaults against seven children.

Gary Burman, the driver of cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, was arrested last month on suspicion of indecent assault against two boys and five girls under 14 in a park in Bromley.

Mr Burman regularly drives the chief secretary to the Treasury and her husband Schools Secretary Ed Balls on the eight mile journey between their east London home and Westminster.

In a statement they said the alleged offences were not related to his employment as a government driver.

The statement continued: "We understand that a government driver has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault against children. He drove several ministers including, most recently, Yvette Cooper.

"As is normal, he was fully vetted for the post. The alleged offences are not in any way linked to his employment. All the ministers are of course very shocked and concerned about the news."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been informed about the incident. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We can confirm a man aged in his 50s was arrested on April 15 on suspicion of two counts of indecent assault on two boys aged under 14. We can also confirm a man was arrested on April 30 in Bromley on suspicion of five counts of indecent assault on girls aged under 14 and one count of outraging public decency.

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