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CCTV Clue In Hunt For Fugitive 'Sex Attacker'
Police hunting for a fugitive who is believed to have sexually attacked two schoolgirls while on the run have released CCTV pictures.
Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, did not return from day release from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire, earlier this month.
People are being warned not to approach him under any circumstances and described him as "dangerous and predatory".
Officers fear he carried out a very serious sexual assault in Tayside, Scotland, since he absconded on October 9.
Despite a large police search and numerous reported sightings 47-year-old Cyrus remains at large.
New CCTV footage, believed to be of Cyrus in Preston city centre on October 17, has now been released in the hope that someone might come forward with information. It shows him walking down Friargate at 6.50pm in the direction of the railway station.
He has links to Preston, and has known to be in the city on a number of occasions since he absconded, but it is believed he could be anywhere in the country.
Police enquiries are also ongoing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside.
Cyrus was jailed in 2005 for robbing a 90-year-old woman in Ribbleton, Lancashire. 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 Cyrus "is an extremely dangerous and predatory individual who poses a serious threat to members of the public".
He added: "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."
Cyrus is described as white, around five feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with any information about his possible whereabouts is being urged to contact local police either in person or on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.