A FORMER RAF policeman, who is also part of the Devizes Royal British Legion, has received a British Citizen's Medal for services to the community.

Andy Davies, part of the Wiltshire branch of the RAF Police Association, has dedicated over 30 years service to local communities.

He said: "I feel deeply honoured to be receiving this award and would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement, without whose help I could never have achieved much of what I have been able to.

"Many people think that armed forces veterans are simply old men and women in blazers just reminiscing about their military service when in fact many of them are actively engaged in supporting their local communities and raising money for charities.

"Whilst many veterans often need help, there are just as many providing help to everyone within their local communities every single day, and I feel privileged to be part of that."

A former nine-time British tae kwon do champion and European silver medal winner, Mr Davies runs a martial arts and fitness gym in the Bristol area.