A fugitive, whose absconsion from an open prison sparked a police search across Scotland and England, has been found in London.
Ivan Leach, 47, had been on the run from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire since October 9.
Police arrested him on suspicion of a number of offences this morning in the Camden area, Scotland Yard said.
Leach, also known as Lee Cyril, was wanted for questioning about a rape in Scotland committed while police hunted for him.
Leach is currently in custody in a north London police station. Police had warned not to approach the fugitive under any circumstances.
Police hunting fugitive Ivan Leach believe he may have travelled by coach to London. He went missing from North Sea Camp open prison in Lincolnshire on 9th October. Officers now have information that he caught a bus at Nottingham on 20th October and got off in London.
We believe that Leach travelled to London by coach in October and got off in the capital. We are making enquiries to try to trace him and I have sent officers to London in a bid to try to trace him.We are continuing to liaise with a number of other forces across England and Scotland and have a huge number of resources dedicated to tracking him down but we also need the public's help.
I want to reassure people that we follow up every potential sighting of him so I'd urge people to call police if you think you see him or know of his current whereabouts.
I would also like to warn anyone who may be harbouring him that if they know where he is, and they fail to notify police, action will be taken against them.
'At the same time I would appeal directly to Leach, wherever he is, to hand himself in. Police forces across the UK are alert to the fact that has absconded and given the publicity of the past weeks, his face is now well known within communities across England and Scotland. He should do the right thing and give himself up.''
Officers have warned Leach should not, under any circumstances, be approached as he poses a significant risk.
- Leach is described as white; around five feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.
- His has a distinctive scar on his top lip under his nose and two distinctive tattoos, one with the name 'Annette' on the bicep of his left arm and a figure of a barbarian woman on the back of his right shoulder blade.
- Since he absconded he may also have grown a beard and moustache and may change his appearance to evade capture.
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Police have launched a nationwide poster campaign to trace a man described as dangerous and predatory who is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run.Police forces across England and Scotland are working together in an effort to track down 47-year-old absconder Ivan Leach.
Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday 9th October after going on day release.
Posters are now being distributed across England and Scotland and will appear in shops, community centres, hospitals and on bus and train stations. A £3,000 reward has also been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Police are investigating a possible sighting of a "dangerous and predatory" absconded prisoner.Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, 47, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire, having failed to return from day release on October 9.
The last known sighting of him was in his home town of Preston on October 19.
Tayside Police said more than 100 sightings of him have been reported in the force area in the last two weeks. Grampian Police are now investigating a possible sighting of Leach in Aberdeenshire last night.
Two officers on a patrol saw a man matching his description on a bike in Claymore Crescent.
Police are continuing to hunt for a man described as dangerous and predatory, who is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run.
Forty seven year old Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, in Boston, Lincolnshire on October 9th.
Officers have warned Leach should not under any circumstances be approached. They have today released this new picture of him, taken in prison in 2009. Leach is believed to have carried out a very serious sexual attack in Tayside, Scotland, since he absconded.
The last confirmed sighting of him is on the evening of Friday 19th October in Lea, Preston, but despite a nationwide appeal he remains at large. Police are urging the public to be vigilant and to come forward with information about his possible whereabouts.
Enquiries are ongoing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside, although Lancashire police say Leach could be anywhere in the country.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Dawson, of Preston Police said: “Whilst Leach remains at large he continues to pose a serious threat to members of the public.
“We believe he could be sleeping rough and travelling extensively throughout the country, most likely on public transport. His appearance is likely to have changed over the past few weeks as a reflection of his current lifestyle and we believe he may have stubble or may now have grown a beard."
Leach is described as white; around five feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes. His has a distinctive scar on his top lip under his nose and two distinctive tattoos, one with the name ‘Annette’ another a figure of a barbarian woman on his right shoulder blade.
He was last seen wearing a black waterproof jacket, dark trousers and carrying a full rucksack.
Information can be passed to local police either in person or on 101 or information anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
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Searches are taking place in Scotland for an inmate who failed to return to a prison in Lincolnshire two weeks ago. Lee Cyrus was on day release from North Sea Camp open prison at the time of his disappearance.
Police in Scotland are searching for a man who has absconded from a prison in Lincolnshire after a possible sighting.
Lee Cyrus, who is serving a life sentence for robbery, was on day release from North Sea Camp on 9 October when he failed to return.
Tayside Police are investigating two violent attacks in the Perth area in the last fortnight, including the sexual assault of a woman by an intruder who attacked the victim in her own bed.