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Body found in search for missing firefighter Anthony Knott

A body has been found in the search for missing firefighter Anthony Knott.

The 33-year-old disappeared on December 20 while on a night out with friends in Lewes in Sussex.

Police recovered a body from the River Ouse at Denton Island in Newhaven on Friday morning.

Anthony's girlfriend Lucy Otto appealed for information following his disappearance.

The father-of-four lived in Orpington in Greater London and worked for the London Fire Service.

Emergency services searched extensively for more than 10 days to find him, but the search was called off on December 31.

Extensive searches were carried out along the River Ouse. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Anthony at this difficult time. We too are saddened by this update and would ask the public and media to respect the families’ privacy at this time.

"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."

– Detective Inspector Mark Rosser, Sussex Police
Search teams worked tirelessly to find Anthony Knott after he disappeared. Credit: ITV News Meridian

It is with a heavy heart I am writing this on behalf of Lucy, Jared, Arrann, Anthony’s parents & myself.

"Today - 10th January 2020 at 09.41 a passer by found Anthony in the river Ouse by Denton Island in Newhaven, Sussex. As I am sure you can all understand we are utterly devastated and completely heartbroken.

"Anthony’s story has reached out and touched the hearts of thousands of people. We would like to thank everyone for your incredible support, shares, posters, volunteers and donations. The people of Lewes, we will be forever grateful for your support & understanding during our searches. These 3 weeks have been so very hard for us all.

"We now want to take some time as a family to grieve and as I am sure everyone will understand, to respect our privacy for this time.

"Anthony, Ant, Tony, TK... you are going to be incredibly missed, we love you & know that we will always be there and take care of Lucy and your beautiful children.

"Until we meet again. Rest In Peace Ant xxx"

– Leonie Marsh Williams