"We can confirm that there has been a fire at the Castle Park entrance overnight (Thursday 27 May, 2022), whereby three bins were set on fire and damaged beyond repair. The surrounding memorial gates archway, which houses two benches, has been damaged by the fire and there are concerns over the sandstone and WW1 memorial plaques. The damage appears to be from suspected arson.
"The area has been cordoned off with temporary metal fencing whilst the area is cleared and made safe and secure. Cumbria Constabulary have been informed and are investigating."
Cllr Lissie Sharp, Communities Portfolio Holder for Eden District Council, added:
"I am saddened and extremely disappointed to see this deliberate and senseless act of vandalism to the War Memorial at the entrance to Castle Park. This behaviour is unacceptable and dangerous, I am only glad that no one was hurt.
"I am thankful to everyone involved who have responded to the incident. A crime number has now been logged with the police who are dealing with the incident."