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​Police Confirm The Smithy Family Fire Was Arson After Family Is Trolled Online

Jess Hardiman

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​Police Confirm The Smithy Family Fire Was Arson After Family Is Trolled Online

Police have confirmed that the fire at the Smithy Family's home was arson, after they were tolled on social media and blamed for the blaze.

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The Smithy Family, who have around 2.6 million followers on TikTok, were devastated when their semi-detached home in Welling, south-east London, was badly damaged in a fire earlier this year.

Police say they have since received 'baseless allegations on social media that they are responsible', investigators', and have now confirmed that the family-of-five are not suspects.

The Met Police explained that the blaze is instead being treated as arson.

Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily
Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily

Nick Smith - described as a 'pest in a vest' by neighbours - and his family believe their home was set alight because of their newfound fame online, having been sent '95 takeaways and prostitutes' by 'jealous haters' in the weeks leading up to the attack.

CCTV footage showed two suspects appearing to set fire to a Ford S-Max on the drive outside the home using a milk carton filled with petrol between 10.30pm and 11pm on the night of 14 July.

Credit: Facebook/The Smithy Family
Credit: Facebook/The Smithy Family

Neighbours came to help the family, carrying Smith's two daughters and six-week old baby boy over the back garden fence to safety.

Thankfully, no one was injured despite the seriousness of the fire, with police saying no arrests have been made thus far.

Detective Sergeant Danny Banks, from the Met's Serious and Complex Investigations Unit, said: "The victims in this incident are prominent on social media and have suffered a hugely distressing ordeal, not least because they have lost their home but have also since suffered baseless allegations on social media that they are responsible for this incident.

"I am happy to state that they are not and remain supportive of our investigation. It is vital we hear from anyone with information."

The Smithy Family's amusing videos attracted a large following on social media after Smith joined TikTok a couple of years ago.

Credit: The Smithy Family
Credit: The Smithy Family

However, they have since been met with unwanted attention, and now say they will never again be able to live in the house - where Smith's partner Jess was born - as they fear they are being targeted.

This week, detectives again called for anyone who has information about the arson attack to come forward.

A Fiat Punto police wanted to trace as part of the investigation has now been eliminated from inquiries.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 8350/14July or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/The Smithy Family

Topics: UK News, News, TikTok

Jess Hardiman
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