The parents of seriously-ill British boy Ashya King will remain in separate Spanish prisons after refusing to be extradited to Britain.

Brett and Nagmeh King can be detained for a maximum of 72 hours as their five-year-old son Ashya, who suffers from a brain tumour, is treated in a children's hospital in Malaga.

The parents removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital without doctor's consent, sparking appeals across several countries to find the child. They travelled to France before heading to the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, where they were arrested.

The lawyer for the parents explained that they wanted Ashya to receive a treatment which they say was not made available to him on the NHS.

"The parents will remain for the time being in provisional prison until we provide proof from Malaga's Lopez de Haya hospital that the child is in perfect health. The intention of this couple has been to bring the child to Spain in order to sell a house they own in Malaga and to look for a better treatment. That means these parents love their children, they are parents of another six children. They love them deeply and there has been a lot of manipulation by media of the information about this story by not telling the truth."

Meanwhile, More than 80,000 people have signed an online petition demanding Ashya is reunited with his parents.