Finder of Big Ben costume blackmails Piers Morgan

The missing Big Ben outfit stolen from a London marathon runner has apparently been found - but the finder says he wants Piers Morgan to DOUBLE his £1,000 offer to hand it back.

Posts on social media show the costume and a ransom note - with threats to chop it up and mail the pieces to Good Morning Britain.

The costume went viral after a video showing runner Lukas Bates struggling to cross the finish line dressed as the famous clock tower on Sunday got millions of views.

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28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner in Big Ben fancy dress running down the mall (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
Lukas Bates wearing a costume of the Queen Elizabeth Tower (known as Big Ben) runs with the crowd towards the finish line of the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner in Big Ben fancy dress attempting to fit under the finishing line hoarding (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner, Lukas Bates. in Big Ben fancy dress attempting to fit under the finishing line hoarding (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
A man running as a Big Ben gets help to cross the finish line during the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England on April 28, 2019. Nearly 43 thousand runners participated in 2019 London Marathon. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lukas Bates wearing a costume of the Queen Elizabeth Tower (known as Big Ben) is helped by an official as he attempts to get past the finishing line, during the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Lukas Bates wearing a costume of the Queen Elizabeth Tower (known as Big Ben) is helped by an official as he attempts to get past the finishing line, during the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner in Big Ben fancy dress attempting to fit under the finishing line hoarding (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner in Big Ben fancy dress attempting to fit under the finishing line hoarding (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
A man running as a Big Ben during the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England on April 28, 2019. Nearly 43 thousand runners participated in 2019 London Marathon. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
28th April 2019, London, England; The 2019 Virgin London Marathon; Marathon runner in Big Ben fancy celebrates after completing the marathon (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)
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On Tuesday morning's Good Morning Britain Piers described the theft as "sickening" adding: "He runs 26 miles to the finishing line, we know what happens, this disaster, he crashes into the finishing line roof.

"So when you thought that couldn't get any worse, he finally gets under, goes to the pub to celebrate and while he's in the pub, someone nicks Big Ben. Gone.

"Imagine stealing Big Ben from a marathon runner. How sick have you got to be? If anyone has seen a large cardboard Big Ben can you please us and we will return it to this poor bloke who has run for charity."

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