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Man arrested following death of paedophile Richard Huckle, from Ashford, at HMP Full Sutton near York

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of one of the UK's worst paedophiles.

Richard Huckle, who originally came from Ashford, was reportedly stabbed to death in his prison cell at HMP Full Sutton near York in October.

Richard Huckle was reportedly stabbed to death in his prison cell. Picture: National Crime Agency
Richard Huckle was reportedly stabbed to death in his prison cell. Picture: National Crime Agency

A 29-year-old man has now been arrested in connection with his death and a file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Huckle, 33, was convicted on 71 counts of serious sexual assaults against children while spending time in Malaysia.

The former Harvey Grammar School pupil - who took on the personas of a teacher, photographer, and devout Christian - abused children ranging from three months to 12-years-old over a 10-year period.

In June 2016, he was handed 22 life sentences with a minimum stint of 25 years before being able to apply for parole.

The 33-year-old, who regularly attended the Ashford Baptist Church on Station Road, has often been described as one of the worst paedophiles in British history despite being arrested at the age of 28.

Richard Huckle posed as a photographer to gain trust and access
Richard Huckle posed as a photographer to gain trust and access

At the time of his conviction a court heard Huckle awarded himself points for how vile the offences were and even wrote a 60-page instruction manual 'Paedos in Poverty: A Child Lovers Guide' on how to groom children and how to distribute videos secretly on the dark web.

He boasted online it was easier to abuse poor Asian children rather than wealthier Western kids.

His crimes included filming child rape and sexual assault which he posted for sale on the dark web via website called True Love Zone (TMZ) and for which he was paid in Bitcoins.

Some of his victims were living in children's home while they were being abused, and Huckle would gain the trust of a community by providing English language tuition.

Humberside police said: "A 29 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man at HMP Full Sutton on 13 October 2019.

"A file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and we are awaiting their decision regarding charges."

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