Treasure hunter sued by Church of Scotland

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Treasure hunter sued by Church of Scotland over record £2million haul of Viking relics he found on their land

A TREASURE hunter is being sued by the Church of Scotland over a record £2million haul of Viking relics he found on their land.

Kirk chiefs are demanding Derek McLennan, 52, hands over £1million after he allegedly snubbed a written agreement to give them half the value of his bounty.
The metal detector buff now faces a legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh over cla­ims he hadn't responded to church pleas for their share of the cash.

One source said last night: "There was an indication he was going to pay the church a finder's fee. That's why he is being taken to court.

"The church has been unable to get a hold of him. It doesn't seem like there's anything that would preclude him from being in touch, it appears to be a choice.
t's a tricky one for the church chasing the money, but they do feel that they do have an entitlement of some kind of fee.

"The church could do a lot of good with that money. It was church land they were on. It should have been a happy, fortuitous thing.

"You don't want to get in a legal wrangle over it. Why would anyone let him on to their land again -- or any other detectorist?"

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