Met Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a suspected arson attack on a 'Tik Tok family' in Welling.

Detective Sergeant Danny Banks said their officers have been working around the clock investigating the incident, and have been in regular contact with the family during an "unimaginably difficult time."

Firefighters were called to a fire on South Gypsy Road at around 11pm on Wednesday, July 14, and the blaze destroyed large parts of the house as well as vehicles along the road.

The Smithy family, from Welling, showed dramatic footage of their semi-detached house on fire with their 2.5 million followers on social media platform Tik Tok.

Dad Nick and mum Jess were forced to grab their two young daughters Amelia, 6, and Isabella, 9 and a newborn baby boy when they realised their car was on fire at around 10pm on Wednesday.

Dad-of-three Nick said the cowardly attackers were armed with a "milk bottle full of accelerant" as he urged anyone with information about the men to come forward.

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London Fire Brigade said flames appeared to spread to the house from a burning car on the driveway, with the fire under control by 00:30, and the cause of the fire is being treated as arson.

There were no injuries. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Detective Sergeant Banks, from the Serious and Complex Investigations Unit, said: “My team of officers have been working around the clock to establish the circumstances of this incident.

News Shopper: Dad Nick posted a video of the damaged car on Thursday morning Credit: TikTok/The Smithy FamilyDad Nick posted a video of the damaged car on Thursday morning Credit: TikTok/The Smithy Family

"I thank everyone who has already come forward to police to assist with the investigation. We are following up all lines of enquiry and all allegations made to us.

“Police remain in regular contact with the family and they are being kept up to date as to the progress of the investigation.

"My heartfelt sympathies go out to them during what has been an unimaginably difficult time. I thank them for their continued support as enquiries are ongoing.

“This incident has been well publicised and whilst we appreciate that the public wish to support the family, we ask that all information is provided to us directly.

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"I also urge the public to refrain from undertaking their own investigations in relation to this case.”

“We ask that anyone with information relating to this incident calls police on 101 or tweets @MetCC quoting CAD 8350/14July. No piece of information is insignificant. It is vital we hear from you.”

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