Lad’s festival horror after returning to Audi to find ‘wheels and bumper gone’

A festivalgoer was horrified when he returned to his car after a weekend enjoying the music to discover the wheels and bumper had been nicked.

Piers Gallagher was one of roughly 12,000 people who attended the Beat Herder festival in Ribble Valley, Lancashire, last weekend.

He said he paid to leave his Audi in "secure parking" on Friday morning (July 14), but when he returned he found it elevated on a jack with the wheels and front bumper taken off. The rear window was also smashed.

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Piers told the Daily Star the theft must've taken place on Saturday night (July 15).

He said someone spotted a "silver transit van with black writing on the side, and people looking into my car with torches", although they only told him after the theft was discovered.

Piers said the car was his "pride and joy" but sadly revealed it has now been written off.

"I just never thought it would have happened to me," he said. "They must have been highly skilled thieves."

He spoke to Beat Herder organisers yesterday (Monday, July 17). Piers added: "They’re going to get back to me and give me more information on what I can do. They have mentioned giving me a free ticket for next year."

Piers has also been in contact with police regarding the incident. He said he was given a crime reference number but is yet to hear much about anything beyond that.

The Daily Star has reached out to both Beat Herder festival and Lancashire Police for comment.

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