The National Police say that 17 people have been arrested in Spain as part of an international operation against a major group that distributed child pornography via the online chat application WhatsApp. 

The police said the network operated some 100 chat groups with 135 identified users in 18 countries in Europe, Central and South America, with a further 22 arrests being made internationally.

Locally, one man was arrested in Alicante Province, with the police saying that files retrieved contained abusive and brutal treatment of young children.

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