The heartbroken partner of a firefighter who was found dead in the River Ouse, has called for better safety fencing in the area where he went missing.

Anthony Knott disappeared after a night out in Lewes on December 20th.

A major search operation was launched to find the father-of-four from Orpington in Kent. Sadly his body was found on Friday at Denton Island, Newhaven, about eight miles from where he was last seen.

Anthony Knott

His devastated fiancée Lucy Otto, has backed a petition to put in better safety barriers. The campaign, on the Change.org site, was launched by Claire Packham to East Sussex County Council.

It calls for a fence to be put around the River Ouse " to stop people falling in and accidents not only people but animals to and most importantly deaths"

Extensive searches were carried out along the river

Ms Otto added her name to the petition and asked others to share it:

“Please sign, this river is dangerous and completely open. No one should have to go through the pain we are, this river needs a safety fence to stop this ever happening again. The walkways along the river that are accessible to the public need a safety barrier.”

Lucy Otto, Anthony's partner

Earlier she paid tribute to her partner on Facebook : "I love you, I always have and I always will," she wrote."Sleep tight my hero."

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We were very saddened to hear the news about Mr Knott and would like to extend our sympathy to his family.

“While this petition is directed at us, the Environment Agency is the body responsible for rivers and riverbanks and we’d be happy to pass the petition on to them.

“If as a result of the coroner’s inquest there are any recommendations for the county council that fall in our area of responsibility, we will of course consider them in the normal way.”