A manhunt is continuing to locate a “dangerous and predatory” convict who is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run.
A nationwide appeal has been launched to find Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, 47, who went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday, October 9, after going on day release.
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, although further details cannot be released for legal reasons.
Police are urging the public to be vigilant and to come forward with information about his possible whereabouts.
Leach was born in Preston but police say he could be anywhere in the country.
Leach was jailed in 2005 for robbing a 90-year-old woman. He was given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of five years. He also has convictions for burglary and robbery and assault.
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. He has previous convictions for burglary, sex offences against a young girl, assault and robberies in which he has targeted elderly people in their own homes.
“We believe he could be sleeping rough and travelling extensively throughout the country, most likely on public transport.”
Leach is described as white, around 5ft 11ins 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.
He was last seen wearing a black waterproof jacket, dark trousers and carrying a full rucksack.
Information can be passed to police either in person or on 101 or information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555111.