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The fiancee of a firefighter missing since a Christmas pub crawl has pleaded with him to “just come home”.

Father-of-four Anthony Knott, from Lincoln Green, Orpington, Kent, has not been seen since Friday (20 December) after disappearing during a night out with his workmates.

He was last seen at about 7.30pm at The Lamb pub in Lewes, East Sussex, where he had been with 11 of his London Fire Brigade (LFB) colleagues.

Anthony Knott, 44, went missing on 20 December during a pub crawl with his London Fire Brigade colleagues
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Anthony Knott, 33, went missing on 20 December during a night out
Missing poster for Anthony Knott

There is nothing to suggest Mr Knott left the Lewes area and Sussex Police are focusing their continuing 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, described the 33-year-old’s disappearance as “a complete mystery”.

“I don’t understand how someone can just walk out a pub and disappear,” she told Sky News.

“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.”

There has been no activity on Mr Knott’s phone since 7.20pm on Friday and it has been off since 1am on Saturday, while his bank card hasn’t been used, Ms Otto revealed.

She has no idea where Mr Knott has gone and “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.”

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

Ms Otto broke down in tears as she looked ahead to Christmas Day, adding: “We were really excited.

“I can’t even think about focusing on Christmas. Christmas Day is meant to be a fun, family time.”

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

And, 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.

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

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

“I’ve been asked if there was any indication of depression or worries or troubles but I’ve racked my brains; there is nothing he said to me that would make me think he was in that frame of mind,” she said.

Ms Otto added: “I don’t think that’s an option that he’s gone off and he’s hurt himself.”

Sussex Police have thanked volunteers for joining professional search teams but urged them to now leave the effort to emergency services.

A search team for Anthony Knott
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Volunteers have been looking for the missing firefighter

Chief inspector Anita Turner said: “We have been extremely grateful for such a response and thank everyone who has supported efforts to find Anthony.

“But we also have to consider public safety and would now ask that the ongoing search is left to the emergency services.

“We nevertheless continue to welcome any information that people may have as to Anthony’s possible whereabouts and especially, details of him being seen once he left the Lamb.

“He is a family man and we are acutely aware of the distress being caused to his partner and relatives, particularly now that Christmas is here.”

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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