Lancashire police are reassuring the public that they are doing all that they can to catch fugitive Ivan Leach.
Police forces across England and Scotland are working together in an effort to track down the 47-year-old absconder.
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 have been distributed across England and Scotland appearing on buses, in shops, community centres, hospitals, and in bus and train stations. The appeal will be shown on the big screen at Preston North End’s cup game.
The last reported sighting of Ivan Leach was in Nottingham city centre on the 20th of October however forces across the UK have received over 100 possible sightings since he went missing.
Leach was born in Preston and has connections across the city as well as in South Ribble.
He is known to have been in the city on a number of occasions since he absconded, but he could be anywhere in the country. Enquiries are also ongoing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside.
Officers have warned Leach should not, under any circumstances, be approached as he poses a significant risk. He is believed to have carried out a very serious sexual attack in Tayside, Scotland, since he absconded on October 9th, although further details cannot be released for legal reasons.
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.
Anyone with any information in England is asked to contact police by calling 101 if in Scotland, people are asked to call 999 (the 101 service is not yet available in Scotland).
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.