A former Watford FC physio who was being investigated over an alleged sexual offence against a boy has been found dead.

Physiotherapist Phil Edwards, 60, was arrested last month on suspicion of abusing a teenager at Watford Leisure Centre Woodside, in Horseshoe Lane.

The alleged incident at the leisure centre did not take place during his time with Watford FC.

Mr Edwards was freed on bail but a fortnight later was found dead at his home in Wilstone where he lived alone.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson has confirmed Mr Edwards' death.

The force said: "Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s joint child protection and investigation team (JCPIT) began an enquiry, following an allegation of sexual activity with a child, which is reported to have occurred at an address in Horseshoe Lane, Watford.

"The incident involved a teenage boy. As part of the investigation, a 60-year-old man from the Tring area was arrested on suspicion of abuse of a position of trust – sexual activity with a boy.

"He was subsequently released on police bail while enquiries continued.

"However, the man has since passed away. Certain lines of enquiry are still being looked into at this time, before the investigation is brought to a close."

According to the Companies House website, Mr Edwards was working as a physiotherapist at Watford Leisure Centre Woodside. He was appointed as a director in November 2010. The company has since dissolved, according to the website.

An officer at Watford Borough Council, which owns Watford Leisure Centre Woodside, said: “We are aware of the police investigation and can make no further comment at this stage.”