(File pic) One of Britain's worst paedophile jailed for sexually abusing Malaysian children, Richard Huckle has been found stabbed to death in a prison in the United Kingdom. (NSTP/DAILYMAIL)

KUALA LUMPUR: One of Britain's worst paedophile jailed for sexually abusing Malaysian children, Richard Huckle has been found stabbed to death in a British prison.

British media reported that he was believed to have been attacked in his cell at Full Sutton Prison, near York.

According to AFP, multiple media outlets in Britain, citing unnamed sources, said that he had been stabbed with a makeshift knife.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed Huckle had died on Sunday.

It was reported that Huckle had posed as a freelance photographer, English teacher and Western philanthropist over the past decade to gain access mostly to impoverished communities in Kuala Lumpur.

He was arrested in London in 2014 after an Australian detective unit discovered his activities in an encrypted room on the "dark web", where members exchanged child sex abuse images and tips.

At his trial in 2016, AFP said Huckle admitted a total of 71 offences against children he had groomed while posing as a volunteer in Malaysia between 2006 and 2014.

He posted pictures of the abuse of boys and girls on a website. The youngest victim was believed to have been around six months old.