Dangerous prisoner could be "anywhere in country"

Latest picture of Ivan Leach, taken in 2009 Credit: Lancashire police

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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Prisoner on the run

Lee Cyrus, a prisoner at North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire, has absconded following day release.