Fugitive Ivan Leach charged following seven-week manhunt

Ivan Leach
Image caption Several forces were involved in the search for Ivan Leach

A fugitive who went on the run for nearly two months has been charged with being "unlawfully at large".

Ivan Leach, 47, from Preston, absconded from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire, on 9 October.

He was arrested in Camden, north London, on Sunday following a manhunt involving police forces from England and Scotland.

Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Scotland Yard said Leach, who was jailed for robbery in 2005, had been charged with being unlawfully at large, contrary to Section 49 of the Prison Act 1952.

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