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Aileen Clarke reports from the scene of the crime
"This was a particularly frightening experience for all the family"
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Wednesday, 12 July, 2000, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Car found after promoter robbery
Stuart Clumpas T in the Park graphic
Stuart Clumpas has built up T in the Park
Police have found the car used by masked raiders to escape with up to 20,000 after tying up and robbing the promoter of Scotland's biggest music festival.

Stuart Clumpas' home in an isolated part of Stirlingshire was broken into in the middle of the night by three men wearing balaclavas.

They bound the T in the Park organiser and threatened him with sticks, before grabbing the money and escaping in Mr Clumpas' car.


The family is hopeful that a number of police leads may lead to some of the money being recovered

Statement on behalf of Stuart Clumpas
The blue Volkswagen Golf was spotted on Wednesday afternoon by a member of the public, abandoned in the grounds of Lennox Castle Hospital, Kirkintilloch, 10 miles from the scene of the robbery.

Mr Clumpas was badly shaken but otherwise unhurt, as was his 36-year-old partner and two young children, aged three years and eight months.

The robbers were wearing balaclavas and olive-green combat-type clothing. One spoke with an Irish accent.

They got away with between 15,000 and 20,000 raised for charity at the festival, which was held last weekend.

Hospice money

A statement on behalf of Mr Clumpas said he and his family were doing "everything they can" to help police.

"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 for the local children's hospice, Rachel House," it added.

"The family is hopeful however that a number of police leads may lead to some of the money being recovered."

Clumpas house
The family was asleep when the raiders struck
Agnes Malone, chief executive of Children's Hospice Association Scotland which runs Rachel House, said: "We desperately need to expand.

"The money would have been used for general fund-raising towards building a second hospice and the costs of running Rachel House.

"This is a blow to us but the biggest blow is the shock of knowing what happened to Stuart. He is very much in our thoughts and we hope police get those involved."

Robbery 'planned'

Police have set up an incident caravan at the scene and have launched a major crime inquiry.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gordon McKenzie, said: "This robbery would have taken a considerable amount of pre-planning and was obviously a terrifying ordeal for the family concerned.

"I would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspcious over the last few days in the area of the house to come forward.

Police at Clumpas house
Police scour the area for clues
"I would also be anxious to speak to anyone who may have been on that road who saw the men either before the robbery, or driving off in the family's car."

The seventh T in the Park, a two-day festival now held in Perth and Kinross, ended on Sunday. The sell-out event again attracted music fans from around the world.

Stars including Moby, Travis and Macy Gray and drew crowds of about 47,000 on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Clumpas is a founder of the dance radio station Beat 106, which broadcasts throughout central Scotland and has just been bought by Capital Radio for 33.7m.

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