CCTV images of robber Lee Cyrus in Nottingham released


New CCTV images of a robber who absconded from a Lincolnshire open prison have been released by police.

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.

Cyrus, also known as Ivan Leach, is shown using a cash machine in Nottingham on 20 October.

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

Det Supt Paul Withers said: "This CCTV shows Leach in a busy city centre on a Saturday morning carrying what appears to be a sleeping bag and stopping to withdraw money."

image captionPolice have warned people not to approach Cyrus

He added Cyrus should not be approached and has grown a beard and a moustache, to change his appearance.

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

The Nottingham CCTV footage is the last confirmed sighting of Cyrus but police said they had received more than 100 possible unconfirmed sightings.

Wanted posters have been distributed across England and Scotland to appear in public buildings and on buses, with more than 50 officers working on finding him.

Officers said Cyrus had been in Nottingham "on a number of occasions" but he "could be anywhere in the country". Investigations are ongoing in Lincolnshire and Tayside.

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 11ins tall (1.8m), 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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