British man Richard Huckle has been jailed for life by a judge at the Old Bailey after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia.

The 30-year-old from Ashford, Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014.

He was given 22 life sentences and will serve a minimum term of 23 years.

He presented himself as a practising Christian and first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 18 or 19.

He then went on to groom children while doing voluntary work.

Sentencing Huckle, Judge Peter Rook QC said: "It is very rare indeed that a judge has to sentence sexual offending by one person on such a scale as this."He said Huckle was consumed by and obsessed with his own sexual gratification and his "campaign of rape" was of "deep concern".

He added: "In my view, you may well harbour feelings of regret but there is no feeling of genuine remorse in this case."Paedophile's manual Investigators found more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos of his assaults on children, which were shared with paedophiles worldwide through a website hidden in the so-called dark web He even tried to make a business out of his abuse by crowd-funding the release of the images and was compiling a paedophile's manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.

How abuser Richard Huckle was caught He boasted about his crimes in online posts, saying in one discussion that "impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids."Ahead of his sentencing, Huckle claimed to a psychiatrist that he wanted to put his "madness" behind him and settle down with a south Indian woman.

But the court was shown a posting from 2013 in which he outlined his plan to marry one of his victims in order to help him abuse more children.

British pedophile Richard Huckle has been given 22 life sentences after he pleaded guilty to 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia and Cambodia aged from six months to 12 years old.

The police believe that Huckle abused up to 200 children from mainly poor communities.

He published the images on a blog on the dark web, an area of the Internet not easily accessible to the general user.