Absconder ‘approached girls for sex’ at bus stop

A dangerous offender who is on the run after walking out of North Sea Camp is believed to have approached girls for sex.

Lee Cyrus, also known as Ivan Leach, left the Freiston Shore open prison on October 9 on day release and has not returned.

Originally from the Preston area, police have today issued a fresh appeal to track him.

Cyrus was serving a life sentence for robbery but had previous convictions for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and assault.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who knows how Cyrus/Leach travelled from this area.

Lancashire Police say they are now investigating reports that two schoolgirls were approached as they sat at a bus stop around 6.30pm in Preston city centre on Wednesday, October 17.

The girls were approached by a man matching Leach’s description who made sexual remarks towards them and according to police ‘encouraged them to participate in sexual activities with him’.

A spokesman said: “Fortunately the girls boarded their bus and reported the incident to the police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Dawson from Lancashire Police said: “We want to speak with Ivan Leach/Lee Cyrus in connection with an offence of inciting children to engage in sexual activity.

“He is a dangerous individual who poses a serious threat to members of the public with previous convictions for burglary, sex offences against a young girl, assault and robberies in which he has targeted elderly people in their own homes.

“We believe he could be sleeping rough and travelling extensively throughout the country. However, he has a number of links to Preston and prior to his sentence lived and offended in the Preston area.

“We are in liaising with a number of other forces in a bid to track him down and apprehend him but we need the public’s help.”

He was described as having stubble and wearing a black top, black shorts, carrying a rucksack.

Cyrus is described as being white, around 5ft 11in tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information as to his current whereabouts, or anyone who has seen him since October 9, 2012, should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.