The Crown has dropped all charges against a self-styled pope and three of his followers. The four had been accused of physically and sexually abusing children.

Gaston Tremblay is considered by the community of the Apostles of Infinite Love to be Pope Gregory the 17th.

He was facing almost two dozen charges involving seven boys and a girl, dating back to the late 1960s.

Lawyers for Tremblay and the two of the so called nuns argued successfully there are too many problems with the evidence for the case to proceed.

The allegations date back to the 1970s and 80's and some of the evidence in the case has been lost.