Fugitive Ivan Leach has been arrested by police in North London after nearly two months on the run.
Leach, 47, also known as Lee Cyrus and who has connections to South Ribble, absconded from the open prison North Sea Camp in Boston, Lincolnshire, on October 9.
Scotland Yard said Leach was arrested in Camden yesterday morning (Sunday) on suspicion of a number of offences.
Police said Leach was wanted for questioning about a rape in Scotland alleged to have been committed during the police hunt for him.
He is being questioned in relation to two attacks in Perth on October 14 and 15.
A 68-year-old woman was attacked and robbed at her home, before a 23-year-old woman was woken and raped by an intruder at her property.
The following day a mattress was stolen from inside the rape victim’s home.
It was later recovered from the River Tay by specialist dive teams.
Leach is currently in custody in a police station in North London, where he is being questioned.
His arrest comes after a nationwide manhunt, the offer of a £3,000 reward by Crimestoppers, an appeal on the BBC programme Crimewatch and weeks of rumours and possible sightings in Preston and beyond.
It was reported that he had been spotted in Lancashire, Scotland, Nottingham and London.
The last confirmed sighting of him came from CCTV footage which showed him at a Barclay’s Bank cash machine in Nottingham city centre on Saturday, October 20.
Police released a CCTV image of a Leach onboard a train between Preston and Nottingham on the same day.
Tayside Police in Scotland said they were are aware of the arrest and are currently liaising with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.
The Ministry of Justice has refused to answer any questions when quizzed by the Evening Post as to why Leach was inside an open prison and how he was allowed to walk out.