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Time running out in Cumbria Roman helmet auction appeal

Crosby Garrett Helmet
Image caption The Crosby Garrett Helmet will be auctioned on 7 October

Time is running out for a Carlisle museum to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy a Roman bronze helmet.

The helmet, complete with face mask, was found by a metal detector enthusiast in Crosby Garrett, near Kirkby Stephen, in May.

Tullie House Museum has raised £30,000 to buy the helmet which is due to be auctioned on 7 October.

But it has been valued at £300,000 and the museum needs to raise more money to be in with a chance.

Richard Spiers, Chairman of the Friends of Tullie House, said: "This magnificent helmet belongs in Cumbria.

"Local businesses and individuals could make a massive difference to the appeal - it is a magnificent, ornate and complete piece."

The helmet is believed to be one of only three of its kind to be found in Britain.

The treasure hunter who found it has asked to remain anonymous.

It will be sold at auction house Christie's in London.

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