Rape accused fugitive Ivan Leach arrested

A fugitive suspected of raping a woman while on the run has been arrested.

Ivan Leach, from Preston in Lancashire, absconded from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire on 9 October.

Police said the 47-year-old was wanted for questioning about a rape in Scotland committed while police hunted for him.

He was arrested in London on Sunday on suspicion of a number of offences, Scotland Yard said.

The woman was raped by an intruder in her home in Perth, and the following day a mattress was stolen from her home, police said.

Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, was being held in custody in a north London police station following his arrest in Camden.

Tayside Police said they were are aware of the arrest and were liaising with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.

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