Fears grow for missing firefighter Anthony Knott who vanished at Christmas party

24 December 2019, 07:06

The firefighter went missing on Friday
The firefighter went missing on Friday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Fears are growing for a firefighter who went missing during a Christmas pub crawl with colleagues in the Sussex town of Lewes.

Father-of-four Anthony Knott, from Lincoln Green, Orpington, was last seen in The Lamb pub in Lewes, East Sussex at about 7.30pm on Friday during a night out with 11 of his London Fire Brigade (LFB) colleagues.

Friends and family have described the 33-year-old's disappearance is "very out of character."

A huge search and rescue operation has been launched, with police, volunteers, both London and Sussex fire brigade colleagues and a drone all looking for him.

His fiancee, Lucy Otto, said there has been no activity on his phone since 7.20pm on Friday and it has been turned off since 1am on Saturday.

She said his bank card has also not been used since he went missing.

Speaking to the media she said the firefighter is a "family man" who "loves his job, he loves his friends, he loves his kids."

In an emotional plea, Lucy said: "it's Christmas, this isn't something that he would intentionally do, he wouldn't want to stay away, so that's why we're extra worried, it's just not like him and we're thinking the worst."

Police have urged anyone with any information to contact Sussex Police quoting Operation Barnstaple.

He is described as a white male, 5ft 8ins tall of a medium build with short brown gelled hair.

A member of staff at the Lamb of Lewes- who's asked not to be named- told LBC News Mr Knott was out on a Christmas night out.

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