A Bradford on Avon businessman has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital with multiple and life-changing injuries after allegedly being mown down by a man driving a car.

Nick Compton, who owns the Fairfield Piggeries at Bradford Leigh, was rushed to the Bristol hospital following an incident on Wednesday morning.

He is understood to have suffered multiple serious injuries, including to his back, neck, pelvis and shoulder. His injuries are described as life-changing.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "We received a call at 11.10am about a disorder at an address in Bradford Leigh near Bradford on Avon. During the incident it appears a vehicle was deliberately driven at a man.

"A man in his 60s was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with life-changing injuries.

"A 54-year-old man from Trowbridge has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and is currently in custody at Melksham Police Station."

Mr Compton is well-known locally as the owner of the former piggeries on the B3109 on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon.

Last year, Mr Compton submitted plans to Wiltshire Council to convert the existing farm buildings to retail light industrial and storage/distribution units. His plans were refused but would have included a new access road, parking and a cafe.