Image copyright Family handout Image caption Anthony Knott was due home in the early hours of 21 December The family of a man who went missing during a work night out have said they are “utterly devastated and completely heartbroken” after a body was found.Land and water searches with boats and drones took place to…

Anthony Knott

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Anthony Knott was as soon as due home within the early hours of 21 December

The family of a person that went missing all the draw in which by a work evening out maintain said they’re “fully devastated and completely heartbroken” after a physique was as soon as realized.

Land and water searches with boats and drones took set up aside to get London firefighter Anthony Knott, 33, who was as soon as final seen in Lewes on 20 December.

Sussex Police said a member of the general public alerted it on Friday that a physique had been show in Newhaven harbour.

Mr Knott’s family thanked all individuals who had helped within the recognize for him.

In a commentary on Facebook, they said: “Anthony’s fable has reached out and touched the hearts of thousands of folks.

“We would love to thank all individuals to your high-quality pork up, shares, posters, volunteers and donations.

“The oldsters of Lewes, we would be and not utilizing a demolish in sight grateful to your pork up and figuring out all the draw in which by our searches.

“These three weeks had been so very exhausting for us all.”

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Eddie Micthell

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Provider crews utilized searches alongside the River Ouse

Det Insp Ticket Rosser said officers believed the physique to be that of Mr Knott.

He thanked volunteers who had grew to become out to relief with the quest.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Anthony at this complicated time,” Det Insp Rosser said.

Family, friends and individuals of the general public had helped to search diversified locations all the draw in which by Lewes when Mr Knott failed to advance home.

Sussex Police and London Fire Brigade joined forces to search Pells Pool in Lewes and the Pellbrook Lower waterway.

Emergency groups also utilized searches of the nearby River Ouse.

On the scene

By Piers Hopkirk, BBC News

The physique was as soon as realized by a member of the general public within the River Ouse at Denton Island.

This is the final stretch of the Ouse sooner than it reaches the sea at Newhaven, running by town’s industrial quarter factual in need of the port and ferry terminal and crossed by the A259 flit highway bridge.

Or no longer it is about six miles as the crow flies downstream from Lewes, the set up aside Anthony Knott went missing on 20 December.

At this stage, it is no longer identified how and the set up aside he entered the water.

Mr Knott, of Orpington, south-east London, had left his friends at the The Lamb pub in Fisher Avenue, for unknown causes, all the draw in which by his evening out with colleagues.

He had been which capacity that of advance home within the early hours the next day.

After he disappeared, his accomplice Lucy Otto wrote on Facebook that he had been in a chuffed mood, had cherished his job and cherished his family and had simply been on a Christmas evening out.

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Mr Knott was as soon as realized at Denton Island, a stretch of river running by Newhaven’s industrial quarter

Mr Knott played for Orpington Athletic FC and the membership has tweeted that it is “incredibly saddened“.

The membership said Mr Knott was as soon as one in every of some final players who had been fragment of the team when it was as soon as created bigger than five years ago, including: “Anthony may be remembered for his demanding tackling, his loud mutter and his ardour for the sport.”

On Twitter, London Fire Brigade Commissioner Andy Roe wrote: “I’m saddened to listen to the records about firefighter Anthony Knott. All our thoughts remain with his family, friends and colleagues.”

The chairman of the Nationwide Fire Chiefs Council, Roy Wilsher, said: “Anthony was as soon as fragment of our fire family and his loss may be felt all the draw in which by all the UK fire provider.

“He was as soon as a valued member of London Fire Brigade and this devastating records will impact on those he labored with all the draw in which by his profession.”

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