Arrest after vehicle damages three planes at Englefield airfield
A man has been arrested after three light aircraft were vandalised at an airfield near Reading.
Thames Valley Police said it appeared a vehicle was driven into the Cessna single engine planes in Englefield.
The three planes have been written off as a result of the damage, estimated by the owners at up to £700,000.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee was discovered set alight nearby, in Bath Road. A 29-year-old man arrested in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has been bailed.
Buildings at the airfield were also damaged by the planes being pushed into them.
Police said the planes were a 50 vintage type, a four-seater piston-powered plane and a six-seater light business plane.
The damage was discovered by estate staff shortly after 07:00 BST. They had been told that animals had escaped onto the nearby A4, and found a gate had been forced open.
David Wiggins, gamekeeper at the Englefield Estate, said: "We're pretty sure they were in after hares.
"We've got a lot of problems with hare coursing.
"Not just coursing, but just driving the animals over, running them over, flattening them.
"That's what it started as I guess and then it turned into this damage we've got here."
Peter Ford, owner of the 50 vintage type said: "The guys obviously came with this four-wheel drive, pushed the aircraft into the back of the barn and then came again."
He said his plane's wing had been "snapped off".