The public are being warned not to approach a fugitive who disappeared on day release from a prison in Lincolnshire.
Lee Cyrus, 47, also known as Ivan Leach, failed to return to North Sea Camp open prison in Boston on Tuesday, October 9.
He is currently serving a life sentence for robbery.
Cyrus has previously resided in Lancashire, having lived mostly in the Preston area but he has also stayed in Blackburn. Since he has been at large, it is believed he has spent some time in the Tayside area but that he may now be anywhere in the UK.
He is white, around 5ft 11ins tall and stocky, with cropped hair and brown eyes.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Taylor said, “It is extremely important that we locate Cyrus as quickly as possible and any information members of the public can provide could be crucial to apprehending him.
“We would ask members of the public to be vigilant and not to approach him but report any sightings to the police”.
Lancashire Police say they are investigating reports that two schoolgirls were approached as they sat at a bus stop around 6.30pm on Lancaster Road 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 encouraged them to participate in sexual activities with him. 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.”
At that time the offender was described as having stubble and wearing a black top, black shorts, carrying a rucksack.
Anyone with information can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.