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The last known image of a firefighter who went missing before Christmas Day has been released by police.

Father-of-four Anthony Knott, from Lincoln Green, Orpington, Kent, has not been seen since he disappeared during a Christmas pub crawl with his workmates on Friday 20 December.

Sussex Police have now published a CCTV image capturing the 33-year-old walking alone on the night.



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Mr Knott was seen at The Lamb pub in Lewes, East Sussex, where he had been with 11 of his London Fire Brigade (LFB) colleagues. For unknown reasons, he left the premises alone at about 7.16pm.

The last sighting of Mr Knott, which has been confirmed by his family, places him walking up Market Street and back towards the pub at 7.41pm.

Police say this is 20 mins after his phone was switched off, according to the time captured on the CCTV image.

There is nothing to suggest Mr Knott left the Lewes area and police are focusing their search efforts in the town.

There are “increasing concerns for his welfare and fears that he may have come to some harm”, the force said.

His fiancee, Lucy Otto, has described the disappearance as “a complete mystery”.

Anthony Knott was last seen at The Lamb in Lewes at 7.30pm on Friday. Pic: Google Streetview
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The father-of-four was last seen at The Lamb in Lewes at 7.30pm on Friday. Pic: Google Street View

“I don’t understand how someone can just walk out a pub and disappear,” she told Sky News in an interview on Christmas Eve.

“There’s no eyewitness statements, there’s not much CCTV, there’s nothing really to go on.

“And to be gone for this long, I just don’t get it, I just do not understand it.”

Anthony Knott was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved top. Pic: Sussex Police
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Mr Knott was was wearing a black long-sleeved top on the night he went missing. Pic: Sussex Police

There has been no activity on Mr Knott’s phone since 7.20pm on Friday and his bank card has not been used, Ms Otto said.

She has no idea where Mr Knott has gone and says “nothing has come up so far”.

“I know the weather was really bad that day and there was bad flooding, I don’t know if he’s tried to come home and come across some water and hurt himself,” Ms Otto added.

“But there’s been search and rescue teams looking for him.”

Police have also released a map showing his route. Pic: Sussex Police
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Police have also released a map showing his route. Pic: Sussex Police

Ms Otto has called for anyone outside the pub or walking or driving past on Friday evening to contact police with any details they can remember, as any bit of information is “crucial”.

In a direct message to her fiance, she added: “If he is watching and you’re worried and you’re thinking, ‘Oh I can’t come home, this is too big now’, honestly, you don’t realise how many people want you back regardless of the situation you left in – if that is the case.

Lucy Otto and Anthony Knott
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Mr Knott and his fiancee Lucy Otto

“So just come home, please just come home.”

Ms Otto stressed Mr Knott had “every intention of coming home” after his night out.

Chief Inspector Sarah Godley said: “We hope this latest image of him may jog someone’s memory or help provide some new information about his disappearance.”

She said the search for Mr Knott has included local officers, drones and the dog unit, as well as support from fire brigades, helicopter service, search and rescue staff and the Coastguard agency.

Missing poster for Anthony Knott
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Police have put out these missing posters

“In addition to the local area, we have also extended our search of the River Ouse north towards Hamsey, and we will continue to search for Anthony until we get the answers his family are so desperately seeking,” she said. “Seven days on, our priority remains to find him.

“A further search of the Pells Pool area and the river will be carried out over the weekend as the natural water level falls. The flood water has made our operation challenging, but we remain committed to finding Anthony.”

A search team for Anthony Knott
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Volunteers have been helping to look for the missing firefighter

Mr Knott is white, approximately 6ft tall, of medium build and with medium-brown, short and gelled hair.

He was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a dark denim suit-style jacket, dark denim jeans and black shoes.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Knott or who has other relevant information is asked to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting Operation Barnstaple. If he is ill, injured or thought to be in danger, dial 999 immediately

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