Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

TikTok’s Smithy Family didn’t set own house on fire, cops confirm amid trolling

TikTok's Smithy Family did not set their own house on fire, police have confirmed.

Vicious trolls accused the social media stars of burning down their semi-detached south-east London home themselves on July 14.

However the online accusations have been dismissed by the Met Police as "baseless allegations", following an investigation which has found the Smithy Family were indeed victims of arson.

The family, who were in the house at the time, posted a shocking video of their scorched home and car the morning after.

Devastated parents Nick and Jess Smithy grabbed their newborn baby boy and two young daughters Amelia, six, and Isabella, nine, after realising their car was on fire at about 10pm.

Footage shows the property blackened and glowing due to the flames, while their car was also gutted on their drive.

The clip was shared with their 2.6 million followers on the video-sharing platform.

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 devastating incident came after their address was leaked online and bullies sent unwanted takeaways and even prostitutes to their door.

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Former builder and Dad Nick claimed at the time two people were behind the devastating attack.

He said: "To the two people who have done this, you could have killed our family and not only our family, my neighbours, my friends," he said.

"It’s unforgivable."

CCTV footage caught a pair of suspects appearing to set ablaze a Ford S-Max on the family's drive by using a milk carton filled with petrol between 10.30pm and 11pm, LadBible reports.

The Smithys said they will never be able to live in the house again following the arson attack, which they think was done due to jealousy over their rise to fame.

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Having clarified it was an arson attack on the family, police are once again asking for information that could lead to catching the thugs responsible.

A Fiat Punto police were previously interested in as part of the investigation has been eliminated from inquiries.

No one has been charged in relation to the incident.

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