Police hunting fugitive Ivan Leach have turned to the Crimewatch programme in a bid to track him down.
Leach who was born in Preston and also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday 9th October. He was on day release at the time and police forces across England and Scotland continue to work together to find him.
Leach will appear on the wanted board of the Crimewatch programme tonight.
The last confirmed sighting of Leach came from CCTV footage which shows 47 year old Leach at a Barclay’s Bank cash machine in Nottingham city centre at 11.13am on Saturday, October 20th.
Police have also today released a new CCTV image of Leach on board a train between Preston and Nottingham on the same day.
Police then believe he caught a bus from Nottingham on October 20th to the Hampstead area of London but the latest unconfirmed sighting of him is in Preston.
Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy from Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team said: “At about 8.30pm on Sunday 18th November 2012 a member of the public reported a possible sighting of Ivan Leach in the area of St Marys Street close to HMP Preston in the Deepdale area of Preston.
“At this time Leach is believed to have approached a street worker and engaged her in conversation before walking off along St Marys Street in the direction of New Hall Lane.
“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 with an impending appearance on Crimewatch his face will be now well known within communities across England and Scotland. He should do the right thing and give himself up.’’
The latest sighting comes as police say they have also received a significant number of possible unconfirmed sightings.
Posters have been distributed across England and Scotland appearing on buses, in shops, community centres, hospitals, and in bus and train stations.
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.