The force has confirmed it is investigating allegations in Devon and Cornwall of child sex abuse within football.

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed it is investigating allegations of child sexual abuse within football.

It comes after ex-football players have spoken out about being abused as children by their football coaches.

The force is urging anyone who has been a victim of this type of abuse to come forward.

It said following the ongoing and widespread publicity surrounding allegations of child sexual abuse within football, many forces across the country had received reports of allegations and information on this matter.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kingdon, from the public protection unit, said: "Devon and Cornwall Police have been approached and we will be investigating.

"We would like to reassure any victim of any form of abuse that if you find the courage to come forward to us, that you will be believed and you will supported.

"Do not suffer the burden of abuse in silence, please reach out to us.

"If you wish to report abuse, please contact the police on 101, 101@dc.police.uk, you can also contact the NSPCC on 0800 023 2642 of via there wesite which can be found here."