Escaped robber with link to rape has gone to capital

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A dangerous fugitive suspected of committing a rape while on the run may have travelled to London.

Ivan Leach escaped from North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire, early last month and police forces across the UK are hunting the 47-year-old, who is also known as Lee Cyrus.

Leach, from Preston, Lancashire, was jailed for life in 2005, with a minimum tariff of five years, for robbing a 90-year-old woman in her home in the city. He also has convictions for burglary and robbery and assault.

Leach has been linked to a sex attack in Scotland since his escape but Lancashire Police now say they have information he caught a bus from Nottingham to London on October 20.

Leach was seen on CCTV footage at a Barclays Bank cash machine in Nottingham city centre at 11.13am that day.

Officers say that Leach should not be approached under any circumstances.