Published: 08:22, 28 December 2019
| Updated: 08:59, 28 December 2019
Police have released an image of the last known sighting of missing Orpington firefighter Anthony Knott.
The 33-year-old, from Lincoln Green, was last seen in Lewes, East Sussex, last Friday night as he was enjoying drinks with work friends.
The Orpington Athletic FC player was with a group of friends at The Lamb pub in Fisher Street, Lewes, but for unknown reasons left alone at 7.16pm.
His family have since confirmed a sighting of him walking up Market Street – back towards The Lamb – at 7.41pm.
This is 20 minutes after his phone was switched off, according to the time captured on the CCTV image.
Specialist teams have carried out extensive searches of the area surrounding the pub and the Pells Pool area, which has been severely affected by flood water over the past few days.
Anthony's fiancée Lucy Otto described his disappearance as "completely out of character".
She said: "He’s a family man. He loves his job; he loves his friends; he loves his kids.
"This isn't something he would intentionally do. He wouldn’t want to stay away."
Ch Insp Sarah Godley said: “We have reviewed CCTV footage from a number of premises such as homes and businesses, and we are continuing to retrieve and review further footage as we attempt to find out what happened to Anthony.
"We hope this latest image of him may jog someone’s memory or help provide some new information about his disappearance.
“Our searches have included local officers, drones and the dog unit, and we have also been assisted by London Fire Brigade, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the National Police Air Service helicopter, Sussex Search and Rescue and the Coastguard agency in our quest to locate Anthony.
“The area we have searched includes Pells Pool and Pellbrook Cut, as well as bins, street furniture, alleyways and dark areas.
“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. 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.”
Anthony is white, approximately 6ft, of medium build and with medium-brown short gelled hair.
He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved top, a dark denim suit-style jacket, dark denim jeans and black shoes. He is also said to have a distinctive walk, with a slight bounce.
Anyone who may have seen Anthony or who has other relevant information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Barnstaple. In an emergency, please dial 999.
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