Police search for missing prisoner

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POLICE are making enquiries in Nottinghamshire after an escaped prisoner is believed to have committed a serious sexual offence.

Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, aged 47, went missing from North Sea Camp prison, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday, October 9.

He is thought to have committed a serious sexual assault in Tayside, Scotland, since he escaped.

Police have now issued a nationwide appeal for information on his whereabouts.

Leach was jailed in 2005 for robbing a 90-year-old woman in her home in Ribbleton, Preston.

He was given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of five years.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Dawson, of Lancashire Police, said: “While 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.”

Leach is white, about 5ft 11in, of stocky build with hazel eyes.

He 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.

n Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.