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  • 4 December 2013, 21:29

Huge Haul Of Child Sex Abuse Images In Spain

Police in Spain have arrested a man after seizing one of the biggest collections of child sex abuse images ever found in the country.

The sickening haul of 846,000 picture and video files featuring youngsters, many of them under the age of 13, being subjected to physical and sexual violence, is one of the largest known in the country.

Officers raided the suspect's homes in Madrid and the northern city of Valladolid after a tip-off from the US Department of Homeland Security, which had detected a user in Spain exchanging child abuse images by email.

They also found a 170-page manual, containing advice on hunting for young victims, and techniques for abusing them without being detected.

The man has been charged with possessing and distributing child abuse images on the internet, according to a police statement.

"It is one of the biggest known seizures in Spain and surrounding countries of paedophiliac material in the possession of one person who shared it," a spokesman for the Civil Guard said.