A Land Rover smashed into a children's play park before its driver left it on fire in a nearby airfield.

The vehicle crashed through a hedge into Jubilee Playing Field, on Crab Mill Lane in Lea, near Malmesbury, in the early hours of Sunday morning (April 30).

Tyre tracks show the driver then headed for the play equipment.

A slide was significantly dented after the vehicle “mounted” it and locals say the driver left it in a “very dangerous” state before fleeing the scene.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The damaged slide The damaged slide (Image: Public contribution)

One neighbour said: “The car ploughed through the sign, hedge and fence posts, narrowly missing a large tree.

“The car continued for at least 15 metres before mounting the slide… the kids’ slide is written off."

Police rushed to the scene and quickly found the car abandoned and on fire near Kemble airfield.

A man in his 20s is set to be interviewed over the incident.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

A spokesperson for the force said: “We received a report at approximately 2.10am on April 30 that a Land Rover crashed through a hedge into a play park in Lea.

“The vehicle left the scene and was found a short time later, on fire near Kemble airfield.

“Extensive area searches were carried out to locate the driver and a man in his 20s has now been invited in for interview.”