Police are investigating after more than £30,000 of takings were stolen from a Nottinghamshire music festival.
WellowFest at Chapel Farm in Wellow, near Ollerton, took place over three days from July 14 to 16.
The festival is the brainchild of David Chapelhow, 51, and his wife, who back in 2014 decided to host their first festival on land they own.
It started with an audience of just a couple of hundred people but it has grown to attract up to 9,000 visitors over the three days.
The festival has gone from strength to strength in terms of the acts it attracts, and was headlined by Bob Geldolf’s band the Boomtown Rats in 2015.
This year it featured the likes of Hazel O’Connor and Toyah Willcox.
Mr Chapelhow said that on Saturday, July 15, while the Blockheads were playing, his 21-year-old daughter was counting the takings in a secure area backstage when a bag in which the money was being stored was taken.
Mr Chapelhow told the Post: “It is an area where no-one could get into without a pass. It was backstage. She had the bag on the table and was filling it with money and she turned to do whatever she was doing and then turned back and it was gone.
“She thought ‘what is happening?’ It took her 30 seconds to realise what had happened.
“The money would have been used to pay up to 30 security staff and bar staff as well as for the toilets, generators, fencing and PA equipment.”
The money was raised from ticket sales, the bar and food stalls.
The bands had already been paid for in advance and the money raised throughout the weekend for the Royal Military Police Association and Upload, which supports armed personnel suffering from trauma, was not taken.
Mr Chapelhow added: “This would have been our first year that we would have broken even or almost broken even. We do want it to go ahead next year. The person who has stolen this has no conscience and morals – to spoil an event that so many people like.
“It has absolutely had an effect on us. We are not wealthy – this has caused us an immense amount of difficulty. It is a lot of money.”
The couple have organised a concert on the site on September 16 called British Icons in order to “recoup the money”.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “We were called at around 1am on July 16 to reports of a theft in Newark Road, Wellow.
“An investigation has been launched after a large sum of money was reported to have been taken following an event in the area on July 15.
“If you have any information call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 44 of 16 July 2017.”
By Matt Jarram, Originally published by Nottingham Post 03/03/17