Wheelie bin fire damages Keswick restaurant

Arsonists caused more than £10,000 damage to a restaurant in Cumbria when they set fire to a wheelie bin.

The fire on Saturday morning damaged equipment on a wall of the Old Keswickian chip shop in Market Place, Keswick.

It follows a number of other fires in bins across the town in the last week.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: "One of the bins was situated close to a property and subsequently damage in excess of £10,000 was caused."

Part of the downstairs dining area has been closed while repairs to electrical equipment are carried out.

Restaurant owner Alan Simpson said: "How people can get a kick out of this is beyond me.

"They didn't know that somebody could have been in a flat above the premises

"Had the fire service not been as prompt as they were and extinguish the blaze you could be looking at murder."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites