Robber on the run Lee Cyrus 'travelled to London'

Police believe a robber who went missing from a Lincolnshire open prison may have travelled to London.

Lee Cyrus, 47, from Preston, was serving life for robbery when he failed to return to North Sea Camp near Boston while on day release on 9 October.

Officers said there was information that Cyrus, also known as Ivan Leach, caught a coach in Nottingham on 20 October and got off in the capital.

To date, police have received more than 100 possible sightings of him.

The last confirmed sighting of Cyrus came from CCTV footage showing him using a cash machine in Nottingham on the day it is thought he travelled to London.

Image caption Cyrus is described as "extremely dangerous"

Lancashire Police said it believed Cyrus had carried out a sex attack in Tayside after he absconded.

Cyrus is known to have also been in Preston, Lancashire, on a number of occasions.

Officers from the force have now been sent to London to investigate.

Det Supt Paul Withers said: "We believe that Leach travelled to London by coach in October and got off in the capital.

"We are continuing to liaise with a number of other forces across England and Scotland and have a huge number of resources dedicated to tracking him down but we also need the public's help."

"I want to reassure people that we follow up every potential sighting of him so I'd urge people to call police if you think you see him or know of his current whereabouts."

Previously a senior officer described him as an "extremely dangerous and predatory individual".

Wanted posters have been distributed across England and Scotland to appear in public buildings and on buses.

Police said inquiries were continuing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside, but said he could be "anywhere in the country".

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

He is described as white, about 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.

He also has a distinctive scar on his top lip.

A Crimestoppers' £3,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and successful conviction.

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