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Body of missing Orpington firefighter Anthony Knott found off Denton Island, Newhaven

The body of missing Orpington firefighter Anthony Knott has been found.

The 33-year-old father-of-four was last seen walking up Market Street in Lewes, east Sussex, on Friday, December 20 just after 7.30pm after leaving a work night out.

Anthony Knott was in Lewes with work friends
Anthony Knott was in Lewes with work friends


A member of the public alerted police at 9.41am today to the body of a man in the water at Denton Island, Newhaven, about eight miles from where he was last seen.

DI Mark Rosser said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Anthony at this difficult time.

Anthony Knott's body was found off Denton Island
Anthony Knott's body was found off Denton Island

“We would like to thank the public for their tremendous support with our investigation into the disappearance of Anthony, along with our partner agencies and volunteers who assisted with the search.”

Anthony's fiancée previously said she is "living in a nightmare".

Lucy Otto said: "I am literally living in a nightmare I wish to god I could wake up from."

CCTV shows Anthony Knott outside the Landsdown Arms pub in Lewes on Friday, December 20

Mr Knott was in Lewes as a few of his work colleagues live in the area and as a compromise to them going into London for the Christmas do the previous year, they decided to hold it in Lewes this year.

The group visited the Landsdown Arms, then the Royal Oak, followed by the Lamb of Lewes.

Mr Knott walked out of the Lamb at around 7.15pm, and was spotted on CCTV outside the Elephant and Castle pub at 7.19pm. He is then caught on CCTV at 7.41pm walking past the flea market along Market Street.

Specialist teams spent considerable periods carrying out searches near the pub and the Pells Pool area, which was flooded at the time.

Anthony Knott with fiancée Lucy Otto
Anthony Knott with fiancée Lucy Otto

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