One of the UK’s most prolific paedophiles has been stabbed to death in his prison cell.
Richard Huckle, who abused up to 200 children in Malaysia, was attacked in his cell at Full Sutton Prison in York.
The Sun reported that he had been stabbed to death with a makeshift blade.
He was given 22 life sentences in 2016 after admitting 71 charges of sexual abuse of children aged between six months and 12 years.
His offences were carried out between 2006 and 2014.
The freelance photographer awarded himself "Pedopoints" for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters, and sold images of his depravity on the dark web.
In online posts, Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than those from wealthy Western backgrounds.
Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: "I'd hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care."
At the time of his arrest, he was writing a guide to teach fellow paedophiles how to abuse children and avoid detection.
Huckle was stopped at Gatwick Airport en route to spend Christmas with his family in 2014 after Australian authorities tipped off the UK's National Crime Agency.
Officers seized Huckle's encrypted laptop and managed to uncover more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos although there were other files they were unable to crack.
Officers seized his encrypted laptop and managed to uncover more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos although there were other files they were unable to crack.
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “An investigation has been launched following an incident at HMP Full Sutton on Sunday October 13.
“We were called shortly after 12.30pm reporting that a man had died at the prison.
“Humberside Police are working closely with the Prison Service to investigate the death of an inmate and at this time we are treating the death as suspicious.”
A Prison Service spokesman confirmed that Richard Huckle had died but would not comment further while the police investigation was ongoing.