Two men have been arrested in Uganda for allegedly having gay sex, Ugandan police have said.

Maurice Okello, 22, and Anthony Oluku, 18, were arrested in the northern town of Oyam.

District Police Commander Najibu Waiswa told NTV Uganda that the teenager “sodomised” Mr Okello, a 22-year-old who has a wife and three-year-old child.

Commander Waiswa added: “The doctor proved beyond doubt that they have been practising [sex] for long because they even had scars.”

Arrests of men suspected of being gay are common in Uganda, which is notorious for its tough laws against same-sex sexuality activity and LGBT freedom of expression.

President Yoweri Museveni gave assent to a law further criminalising same-sex sexual activity in Uganda earlier this year. The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.