THE fire service released a video showing how poor parking on Swindon streets can cause problems when they're racing to an emergency.

The fire service was called at 11.50pm on Thursday night to reports of smoke and alarms sounding at Arthur Bennett Court on Birch Street, Kingshill.

Two crews from Swindon's Drove Road fire station were sent to the suspected fire, but were delayed by poor parking in the area.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service picked out parking on Dean Street as particularly bad, with a number of cars left in a way that narrowed the road significantly.

To prevent delays in responding to future 999 calls, fire crews have asked drivers to park cars as close to the kerb as possible, pull in their wing mirrors and make sure their wheels are straight and not stuck into the road.