Police have releaed CCTV footage of the last known sighting of a dangerous sexual offender on the run from prison.Advertisement
Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, was seen at a Barclay’s Bank cash machine in Nottingham city centre on Saturday 20 October.
Leach, who was born in Preston and has connections across the city and in South Ribble, absconded from an open prison in Lincolnshire on Tuesday 9 October.
The CCTV appears to show Leach has grown a beard and a moustance and could be changing his appearance to evade capture.
Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This CCTV shows Leach in a busy city centre on a Saturday morning carrying what appears to be a sleeping bag and stopping to withdraw money at an ATM. I’m sure a number of people will have seen him and while his appearance may have changed, I would appeal for anyone who thinks they have seen Leach or who has any information on his whereabouts to get in touch with us.”
Last week the police stepped up their hunt for Leach with a nationwide poster campaign, a direct appeal for Leach to hand himself in and also showed his face on a big screen at Preston North End’s FA Cup game on Saturday.
Detective Superintendent Withers continued, “We are liaising with a number of other forces across England and Scotland and have a huge number of resources dedicated to tracking him down and apprehend him but we need the public’s help.
“I want to reassure people that we follow up every potential sighting of him so I’d urge people to call police if you think you see him or know of his current whereabouts.
“I would also 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.
‘‘At the same time 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 given the publicity of the past two weeks, his face is now well known within communities across England and Scotland. He should do the right thing and give himself up.’’
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.