The family of an Orpington fireman who has been missing for more than two weeks have launched a fundraiser to support his partner.

Searches for dad of four Anthony Knott, 33, were called off on New Year's Eve, with police yet to find a trace of where he went after a night out in east Sussex on December 20.

A JustGiving page has been set up by Leonie Marsh Williams to raise funds for his fiancee, Lucy Otto, which may also go towards the hiring of a private investigator.

The fundraiser has already surpassed its initially £1,000 target, currently sitting at over £6,000. 

The page reads: "Anthony has left behind his wonderful fiancee Lucy and his four children.

"They relied on his income to support their family. Lucy has a small part-time job which only brings in very little money, and of course now her main priority is to find Anthony.

"We want to raise enough money to be able to help her pay her living costs, rent, bills, groceries and fund petrol for the ample amount of journeys to and from Lewes.

"We want to make sure that a roof is over Lucy and her children’s head without the worry of getting into any financial difficulty.

"Depending on how much is raised and once bills are covered for at least the next few months, we would also like to try and fund a Private Investigator to help find Anthony.

"Please if you can donate anything at all we would be incredibly grateful and will take a huge weight Lucy‘s shoulders."

Ms Otto has stressed that her partner's disappearance is "out of character."

Anthony was last seen by friends at The Lamb in Fisher Street, Lewes, at around 7.30pm.

CCTV footage previously released by Sussex Police shows Mr Knott walking through Lewes shortly after detectives say his phone had been switched off

Anthony is described as white, approximately 6', of medium build and with medium-brown short gelled hair.

He was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a dark denim suit-style jacket, dark denim jeans and black shoes.

Anyone who may have seen Anthony or who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Barnstable.

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