T In The Park promoter STUART CLUMPAS was tied up and robbed by three armed men who broke into his home in BLANEFIELD, STIRLINGSHIRE, in the early hours of this morning (July 12).
The masked men made off with an estimated #20,000 in cash, part of which was charity money collected for a local childrens’ hospice at the festival over the weekend (July 8/9).
Central Scotland Police confirmed that Clumpas, 41, was asleep in the house with his wife, Judith, who also works with their gig promotions company DF Concerts, and two children, Lucy, three, and Dougall, eight months, just before 3am when he was awoken by three masked men, who tied him up, threatened him and demanded cash.
They fled from the house with a what police describe as “a five-figure sum” of cash in the family’s purple/blue P-registered Volkswagen Golf.
Police said the men were wearing balaclavas, green camouflage clothing and were armed with wooden sticks.
Detective Chief Inspector Gordon McKenzie, in charge of the inquiry, said: “This robbery would have taken a considerable amount of pre-planning and was obviously a terrifying ordeal for the family. I would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious over the last few days in the area of the house, which is on the A889, a short distance from the Queens View car park near Blanefield, to come forward.
“I would also be anxious to speak with anyone who may have been on that road early this morning who saw the men either before the robbery, or driving off in the family’s car.”
He added that the car had not yet been recovered, and appealed for information from anyone who saw it shortly after 3am this morning or had information on its whereabouts now.
A statement issued by Clumpas‘ spokesperson this morning said: “Stuart and his family were not injured in the incident but are extremely shaken and are now doing everything they can to help police with their enquiries.
“They are particularly upset by the incident because the stolen money was partially a float from T In The Park, which included all the money collected from DF Concerts‘ guest list at the event – approximately #15,000 to #20,000 – for the local childrens’ hospice Rachel House. The family is hopeful however that a number of police leads may lead to some of the money being recovered.”