A Barnstaple PCSO who raised the money to build an office for police and community use at Gorwell is to receive an award. PCSO Steve Huxtable helped raise more £16,000 to get the community police office built in Beauford Walk on the estate, with half used

A Barnstaple PCSO who raised the money to build an office for police and community use at Gorwell is to receive an award.

PCSO Steve Huxtable helped raise more £16,000 to get the community police office built in Beauford Walk on the estate, with half used by the police neighbourhood beat team and the rest available for community meetings and clubs.

In recognition of his efforts, Steve - who has served in the Frankmarsh and Gorwell team for four years - has been given a Community Support Award by Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Awards (DaCCWA.)

He was nominated for the award by beat manager PC Anna Fielding who describes him as "having a significant impact on the community."

"Steve has been on the patch ever since he became a PCSO and he has built really strong links with the community," she said.

"He has a fantastic rapport with the people who live on our patch and, quite frankly, I couldn't do my job without him."

Speaking of his idea for the community office, Steve said: "There were no meeting facilities for anyone in Gorwell so I thought it would be a great idea to get a police office in the area which could also be used by others in the community.

"I organised a number of events, including a commando challenge and within 10 months we had £16,000, which was enough to pay for a portable building to be erected.

"I managed to persuade North Devon Homes to give us the land for £1 a year and we are just waiting for water and phones to be linked up for us to be able to use it.

"Half will be an office for the neighbourhood team to use and the other part will be used for community meetings and the children's club among other things.