THE SAGA of a pair of trousers containing £4.000 sold at a jumble sale at St. Peter's Catholic church, Hove, Sussex several months ago, is turning into a tug of war.
A local man. Mr Clike Brown, bought the trousers for 25p. But as the stallholder was giving him his change. she discovered £4,000 in banknotes, neatly rolled up in one of the pockets.
There are four claimants: Mr Brown. two women helpers at the jumble sale. and St Peter's church. which owns the hall where the jumble sale took place. No-one has claimed the money from the police, so a county court judge will now have to decide who is the true owner of the trousers.
The jumble sale was run by the Union of Catholic Mothers, to raise money for their own funds.
Fr John O'Sullivan, a curate at St Peter's said: "I think we have been included as claimants because the sale was held on church property. but we certainly didn't ask to be given the money".
"We'll just have to cross our fingers and see what happens" he said.