Fire crews have condemned a “mindless” driver who parked their car in front of the Ramsbury fire station entrance this weekend.

The blue Suzuki blocked the way in and out for fire engines at the station on the High Street in Ramsbury.

On the same day that the car was photographed, crews from the station were called out to a fire in Oaksey, the third call out for the station this week.

Urging people to think more carefully about how they park, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue group manager Dave Jacomb said: “There are often incidents where crews are delayed because of inconsiderate parking.

"Many streets were not designed to accommodate the number of cars that are now being parked in them. We are urging residents to think about their parking, as they could be putting the lives of their families, friends and neighbours at risk.

“Sadly, it is only a matter of time before such a delay leads to a significant loss of property or even a life. Cars may be able to pass down streets which have restricted access due to double parking or incorrect parking, but fire engines and ambulances can’t. We would therefore urge everyone who parks on the roadside to help us to provide the prompt emergency response that is rightly expected of us."

A campaign is due to be launched in September by the fire service in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of parking around fire stations.