Police have launched a nationwide poster campaign to trace a dangerous escaped prisoner.
Police forces across England and Scotland are working together in an effort to track down 47-year-old absconder Ivan Leach.
Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday October 9 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. The posters will also be put up on all Preston Buses.
A £3,000 reward has also been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
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 9, although further details cannot be released for legal reasons.
The last believed sighting Ivan Leach was in Nottingham City Centre at 11.20am on the 20th October at a cash point outside Barclays Bank on High Street, however, forces across the UK have received over 100 possible sightings since he went missing.
Detective Superintendent Paul Withers from the Force Major Investigation Team said; “Whilst Leach remains at large he continues to pose a serious threat to members of the public.
“I would 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.
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)
Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details
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