Violent ‘monster’ absconds from Boston’s open prison

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An ‘extremely violent’ offender who has previously been convicted for having sex with a schoolgirl has absconded from North Sea Camp.

Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, is serving a life setence and has not returned to the Freiston Shore open prison since being allowed out on day release on Tuesday.

Leach has previous convictions for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, attacking a woman with a screwdriver and a robbery on a 90-year-old widow.

Police believe the 47-year-old may now be in the Preston area, where he previously lived.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Leach is extremely violent and must not be approached.

“We are doing all we can to find him. We would ask the public to be vigilant and not to approach him but to report any sightings to the police.

“Any details the public may have could be crucial.”

Leach is white, around 5ft 11ins, stocky, with cropped hair and hazel eyes.

Leach has convictions for offences against elderly women stretching back to 1982.

In 1999 he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old schoolgirl, who claimed he had spiked her drink and threatened to kill her if she told anyone, at a relative’s home.

He was jailed for 14 months and ordered to register under the Sexual Offenders Act for 10 years by Judge Peter Smith, who said Leach was “satisfying his lust”.

On his release in 2001, after serving 20 months in prison, he was banned from being alone with children under the age of 16.

The NSPCC said he had “a high risk of reoffending sexually against children and a very high risk of violent reoffending against children and adults.”

In 2002 Leach was jailed for six years for slashing a young Penwortham couple with a screwdriver, leaving them with permanent scars, after he pounced on them as they walked home late at night.

He admitted a string of offences including wounding, assault and burglary, and police labelled him a “monster” for preying on the homes of vulnerable lone females and the elderly.

In 2005 he admitted forcing his way into the Preston home of a terrified 90-year-old woman to steal just £12. He threatened the arthritic pensioner and shoved her into a chair.

He received a life sentence after Preston Crown Court heard he had convictions for burglary, attempted robbery and robbery spanning a decade.

Anyone with information about Leach can be passed to police by calling 101, or anonymously, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.