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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Prolific Paedophile Jailed For Life - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The par­ents of a former Ash­ford man, dubbed Bri­tain’s worst paedophile, begged the po­lice to take him away af­ter he con­fessed to rap­ing chil­dren.

Richard Huckle, 30, preyed on as many as 200 young chil­dren in poverty-stricken com­mu­ni­ties in South East Asia where he worked as an English teacher.

In pub­lic he kept up a fa­cade of a phil­an­thropic west­erner to win peo­ple’s trust but boasted on the dark in­ter­net that “im­pov­er­ished kids are so much eas­ier to tar­get than mid­dle-class chil­dren”.

On Mon­day, he was jailed for life at the Old Bai­ley in Lon­don, where he ad­mit­ted 71 charges for abus­ing 23 chil­dren be­tween 2006 and 2014. He was handed 23 life sen­tences, to run con­cur­rently, and must serve a min­i­mum term of 25 years.

As he was taken from the dock an on­looker shouted from the pub­lic gallery: “A thou­sand deaths is too good for you. I know

A Face­book post by an or­phan­age in In­dia in­tro­duc­ing Richard

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