My car was raided by thieves after horror crash on way to music festival – I lost £6000 worth of stuff

A MUSICIAN who survived a horrific accident on the way to a festival Her abandoned car was searched by thieves.

Melissa Bradd, 41, was traveling to the Kelburn Music Festival with a friend when her Skoda came off the A760 and ended up in a ditch near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

The musician's car stood still for a weekend - and her belongings were stolen


The musician’s car stood still for a weekend – and her belongings were stolenPhoto credit: JustGiving
She lost her valuable pieces of music, including a gong


She lost her valuable pieces of music, including a gongPhoto credit: JustGiving
The music therapist also lost her ukulele, which she owned for ten years


The music therapist also lost her ukulele, which she owned for ten yearsPhoto credit: JustGiving

Passers-by helped the two after they got out of the overturned car.

Ms Bradd continued to attend the three-day event, which is taking place at Kelburn Estate near Largs, Ayrshire, leaving her belongings in the crashed car.

The music therapist believed her vehicle was safe after being handed the keys by support staff.

However, when she arrived at the scene of the accident, she found her car had been searched and a number of important items had been stolen.

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A special ukulele that Mrs Bradd had owned for ten years was stolen, along with a laptop, a large gong and a tent.

The laptop is said to have contained coursework from her university Masters in Music and the Environment, as well as music she had composed and an archive of her family photos.

she said the BBC: “This ukulele was in so many different countries, it was in the Balkans.”

“I had the great privilege of being part of a music camp for children who had weathered the conflicts of the ’90s and also experienced the secondary trauma of it.

“I had it on a project when I was working with Ukrainian kids in Edinburgh, they played on it.”

The musician, who has no fixed home, said her life has been in the car.

She managed to crawl into the car to get some clothes and said stealing her belongings was a “pointless act”.

Friends of Mrs Bradd have since started one JustGiving page to raise funds to help her replace her gong.

Scottish Police confirmed they had received a report of multiple items being stolen from a car following an accident near Lochwinnoch.

A police spokesman said the theft was believed to have taken place sometime between 5.40pm on Friday 30 June, shortly after the accident, and 2.40pm on Monday 3 July.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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