A SPANISH friar has been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged paedophile ring.

The 48-year-old, from Malaga, is accused of planning to kidnap children and drug them before subjecting them to sadistic sex acts.

The 18-month investigation was launched following an anonymous tip-off and has so far led to the arrest of eight people throughout Spain.

The friar, who worked at a welfare centre, has been released on bail.