Prisoner on the run changes appearance

Ivan Leach, aka Lee Cyrus
Ivan Leach, aka Lee Cyrus

Police are continuing their hunt for a man who absconded from an open prison in Lincolnshire earlier this month – who they believe has now grown a beard in an attempt to change his appearance.

Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, 47, has strong links to South Ribble and Preston.

He went missing on Tuesday, October 9, after going on day release, and police have warned that he is very dangerous.

Since his disappearance, police have received reports about numerous sightings of him around Preston town centre, Avenham, Penwortham and Clayton-le-Woods.

Detective Inspector Keith Lee said: “Ivan Leach has been wanted for two weeks so we are concerned that he may be becoming increasingly desperate.

“We have intelligence to suggest he is now sporting a beard and looking unkempt which is a significant change in his appearance.

“It is possible that he is sleeping rough and approaching members of the public asking for money.

“He is a dangerous individual but I’d reassure people that we have extra patrols in the city and continue to have officers out looking for him 24/7. “We follow up every potential sighting of him so I’d urge people to call police on 101 if you think you see him 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.”

Leach 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, robbery and assault.

He is white, around 5ft 11ins tall, stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.