Thursday, May 26, 2011

Labour councillor in custody over sex charges

Mark Burton

A COUNCILLOR has been remanded in custody and suspended by his party after being charged with two sexual offences.
Mark Burton was arrested only days after this month’s council elections and was charged with two offences, one against a child.

Councillor Burton was re-elected to serve the Harrowgate Hill ward on Darlington Borough Council for a second four-year term on May 5.

The 42-year-old Labour councillor was arrested three days later and charged with an offence of sexual assault and a second for sexual touching of a child.

He later appeared in front of magistrates in Newton Aycliffe, where he was remanded in custody until his next hearing on June 15. No pleas have yet been entered.

He has been suspended by his party pending the outcome of the investigation.

New council leader Bill Dixon referred The Northern Echo to the party’s regional group yesterday.

A Labour North spokesman said: “Coun Mark Burton has been placed on an administrative suspension from the Labour Party and Darlington Labour Group pending the outcome of police inquiries. “He is unable to hold any position with, or represent, the Labour Party during his suspension. “It would be inappropriate to comment further until police investigations are complete.”
A spokeswoman at Darlington Borough Council said: “Coun Mark Burton has been charged with two offences of a sexual nature.
“The case is still being investigated by the police and the usual child protection procedures are being followed. "We understand that he is currently remanded in custody. “The councillor has been suspended from the Labour group and has therefore not been put forward for seats on any of the committees. “At this stage, the council does not have powers to take any action to suspend him.”
She added that ward matters in Harrowgate Hill would be dealt with by the two other Labour councillors – John Vasey and Marjory Knowles.

Coun Burton was first elected in 2007 when he polled 706 votes. In this month’s election he topped the polls across the borough with 1,261 votes in a keenly-fought contest.

The councillor, who is a warehouse operator at Glaxo- SmithKline, in Barnard Castle, has a reputation for working hard on behalf of constituents.

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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Labour25...soon to be Labour26.

Anonymous said...

Mark Burton
66 Middleham Road
Harrowgate Hill
Darlington DL13DJ
01325 486378
MARK.BURTON@DARLINGTON.GOV.UK

Anonymous said...

They have at LEAST one banned drunk driver on the liebor benches too.
Patrick Malcolm Wright.

Anonymous said...

any idea when he is next up in court?????

Anonymous said...

He was in court on 15 June

Declan said...

let me tell you all something this guy is my dad and he did NOTHING. The girl that should be exposed is 'LOUISE DAVISON'. A fucked up child with a past of a drugged up father and a mother that is unstable bringing in a new father that is extremely stricked, that stricked infact she cut her wrists on a number of occasions for attention and got none, smokes and drinks at 14.. whats the next best way to get attention?.. well it worked.. she is now in care because her mum cant cope with her.. i dont need to say any more.. im not gonna go through it all but my dad is compleatly inocent and any one who knows him would say the same, its only a matter of time before the truth comes out, this government and whole criminal justice system is fucked up, and for all you who have something to say and for idiots putting my adress up there.. fuck you. i hope you go through the same thing one day

Anonymous said...

But he's also been charged with another alleged sexual asaault against an adult. What have you got to say about that?

Anonymous said...

What was your dad doing around a vulnerable young girl anyway?? Please tell us

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Anonymous said...

Burton's still a councillor. Labour must be pleased D:

Anonymous said...

What about Zoe Hancock? It's not the first time.Slippery bastard

Anonymous said...

Burton's in cloud cuckoo land. Labour don't want him because he is a hideous embarassment and he turned up at a council meeting so he can continue to get expenses!

Anonymous said...

The comment about Zoe Hancock should go to the police or CEOP for investigation

Anonymous said...

07801586131 ring him

Anonymous said...

He's a piece of shit...

Anonymous said...

Has he been found guilty yet and gone to prison or not? been a while now.

Anonymous said...

He was charged and there will be a trial this year

Anonymous said...

The kid's in care thanks to paedo Burton more than anything else!

Anonymous said...

He's STILL claiming his Council Allowance!

Anonymous said...

thief aswell as a sex offender.

Anonymous said...

anyone got an update on this

Anonymous said...

yeah we need to know whats going on with this guy

Anonymous said...

He was suspended from Labour but not yet expelled and claims to be an Independent. he turns up at council meeting once every six months simply to get his allowance and in return holds no surgeries, does no casework and cannot be contacted by anyone in his ward.He's still Labour25 for now as they haven't booted him out yet

Anonymous said...

Burton, 43, of Middleham Road, Darlington, was due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court yesterday for downloading the photos and was due to face trial next month for the sexual assault – but he will now be sentenced in three weeks time following the guilty pleas.

a passage from the Northern Echo today !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Councillor Dixon, who is also Darlington Labour group leader, said: “It is not clear if I have the legal authority to stop his allowance, but I am doing it now anyway because I think it is morally the right thing to do. He can sue if he disagrees. I am calling on him to resign immediately.”

Anonymous said...

Possession of child pornography as well. Yes, this is a typical Labour Cllr.

Anonymous said...

like father like son the saying is lol

Anonymous said...

Declan,
your dad knew this girl was only 14 even if she is fucked up, he still stripped her and molested her. And dont forget all the child porn pictures on his computer some only 8 yrs old and tied up to have sex with.
He's a dirty pervert and needs locking up now and if your defending him your proably the same, like father like son.
Also sounds like its not the first time hes done this.
Bring back hanging i say.......

Anonymous said...

Labour never got rid of him as a member, he just let his membership expire. He got six and a half grand in allowance while waiting for trial.

Anonymous said...

So much for being innocent then declan, hes pleaded guilty to all charges.
I have a daughter aged 13, hes a Filthy pervert and needs locking up with those nice murderers, they'll sort him out, i hope they cut off his cock.
Typical labour as well, rob the tax payers to fund his own greed.
Get this scum off our streets.

Anonymous said...

THURSDAY 23nd Feb in court !!!

He will be sentenced for both offences on Thursday. If he is ordered to serve a jail term of three months or more, he will be automatically disqualified as a councillor.

Anonymous said...

22 months, 10 years on sex offenders register . Not nearly long enough

Anonymous said...

miserable git trying to get sympathy with a sob letter, saying how he's lost everything and has nothing to live for now...well do us all a favour and hang yourself.
Bet his guilt wouldnt have made him hand himself in to the police or quit as a thieving councillor.......
No, hes only sorry coz he got caught, He would be carrying on as normal and still out to abuse kids if the young lass hadn't been brave enough to shop him....

Anonymous said...

this man is dirty paedo who molested his son declan burton and and his daughter then videoed it and his wife knew everything surely involved in this whole malarcy

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