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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Prolific Paedophile Jailed For Life -

Huckle is 30 years old and had at­tended the Har­vey Gram­mar School in Folkestone, where he was pic­tured cel­e­brat­ing his A-level re­sults in 2003.

Clif­ford Knights-Kennedy, a fa­ther-of-three from Folkestone who went to school with Huckle, said: “From what I re­mem­ber of him he was al­ways a bit of a loner. He never hung out with any­one and didn’t try to in­clude him­self within the school.

“I don’t re­mem­ber him ac­tu­ally hav­ing any friends at the Har­vey at all and at the time just thought he was a weird, quiet kid.

“I can’t quite get my head around what he has done. To spend five years at the school with some­one and then find out they did this is be­wil­der­ing.”

Mean­while as a teenager he at­tended the Ash­ford Bap­tist Church in Sta­tion Road.

The Rev Robert Sylvester said that he was a “pe­riph­eral” mem­ber of the church who was never in a po­si­tion to take Sun­day schools or lead any child ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Sylvester said: “He was quiet, shy and re­tir­ing and not ter­ri­bly com­fort­able so­cially, so he was dif­fi­cult to chat to.

“He was very much on the fringes and never at the heart of things.

“Peo­ple who knew him said they tried to make the ef­fort to wel­come him. So for those who re­mem­ber who he was, this news has been dread­fully shock­ing.”

He added that child safe­guard­ing poli­cies were in place at the time and said: “I can say hand on heart say that chil­dren here were not at risk dur­ing the pe­riod he was with us.”

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