POLICE are urging the public to be vigilant and to come forward with information about the whereabouts a
Preston man who absconded from an open prison in Lincolnshire over a week ago.
Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, 47, went missing from North Sea Camp, Boston on Tuesday 9th October after going on day release, something he regularly did as he approached the end of his sentence.
He was jailed in 2005 for robbing a 90 year old woman in Ribbleton. He was given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of five years. He also has convictions for burglary and robbery and assault.
Ivan was born in Preston and has connections across the city including South Ribble. Since his disappearance a week ago police have received numerous sightings of him around the town centre, Avenham, Penwortham and Clayton le Woods.
Lancashire Police have a dedicated team of officers looking for him but are appealing for the public to be vigilant.
Detective Inspector Keith Lee said: “Ivan Leach is a violent individual with previous convictions that will no doubt concern the local community. However, I’d reassure people that we have extra patrols in the city and have officers out looking for him 24/7.
“It is highly likely that Leach is being harboured by somebody and we are confident that he is still in the Preston area as that is where all his roots are.
“It is also possible that he is approaching members of the public and asking for money as he has now means to support himself.
“We will follow up every potential sighting of him so I’d urge people to take a close look at photograph and call police if you think you have seen him in the past week or know of his current whereabouts.
“We’ve been really encouraged by the response from the public but I would remind people that he is violent and should not be approached.
“The best possible outcome for himself, his family and all concerned is that he gives himself up.”
Ivan Leach is described as white, around 5ft 11inches tall, stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.
Information can be passed to local police either in person or on 101 or information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Source: Lancashire Constabulary