VIDEO: CCTV footage released in fresh appeal for Boston prison absconder

Police have issued fresh CCTV images of a dangerous fugitive prisoner who absconded from North Sea Camp.

The footage shows 47-year-old Ivan Leach - also known as Lee Cyrus - at a Barclay’s Bank cash machine in Nottingham city centre at 11.13 am on Saturday, October 20.

Ivan Leach/Lee Cyrus on CCTV in Nottingham

Ivan Leach/Lee Cyrus on CCTV in Nottingham

This is the last confirmed sighting of Leach, although police have also received more than 100 possible unconfirmed sightings.

Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from North Sea Camp at Freiston Shore on October 9 after going on day release.

Police forces across England and Scotland are now joining forces in a big man hunt to try to track the offender - who was in prison for robbery and had previous convictions for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and attacking a woman with a screwdriver.

Posters have been distributed across the country - appearing on buses, in shops, community centres, hospitals, and in bus and train stations.

The appeal was shown on the big screen at Preston North End’s FA Cup game against Yeovil on Saturday.

Officers are also working with other football clubs across England and Scotland to widen the appeal via their match programmes.

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of the Force Major Investigation Team, 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 at an ATM.

“I’m sure a number of people will have seen him and while his appearance may have changed, I would appeal for anyone who thinks they have seen Leach or who has any information on his whereabouts to get in touch with us.”

The CCTV appears to show Leach has grown a beard and a moustache and police are warning people should be aware that he may change his appearance to evade capture.

In the footage he is wearing a dark three-quarter length jacket, dark trousers and dark shoes.

Leach was born in Preston and has connections across the city.

He is known to have been in the city on a number of occasions since he absconded, but he could be anywhere in the country.

Inquiries are also ongoing in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside.

Officers have warned Leach should not, under any circumstances, be approached as he poses a significant risk.

Detective Superintendent Withers continued: “We are liaising with a number of other forces across England and Scotland and have a huge number of resources dedicated to tracking him down and apprehend him but we 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.

“I would also like to warn anyone who may be harbouring him that if they know where he is, and they fail to notify police, action will be taken against them.

“At the same time I would appeal directly to Leach, wherever he is, to hand himself in. Police forces across the UK are alert to the fact that has absconded and given the publicity of the past two weeks, his face is now well known within communities across England and Scotland. He should do the right thing and give himself up.”

Leach is described as white; around five feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build with cropped hair and hazel eyes.

His has a distinctive scar on his top lip under his nose and two distinctive tattoos, one with the name ‘Annette’ on the bicep of his left arm and a figure of a barbarian woman on the back of his right shoulder blade.

Anyone with any information in England is asked to contact police by calling 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Last week Crimestoppers put up a £3,000 reward for information leading to his capture.