Support our Nation today - please donate here
News

Dyfed-Powys Police serves first ever slavery and trafficking risk order

03 Jul 2024 3 minute read
Police officer

A Llandrindod Wells woman has been served with an interim slavery and trafficking risk order as a result of her behaviour around children.

A case about Lisa Meredith, of Trefonen Way, was heard at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court last week.

While the 42-year-old failed to appear at court, an interim order was granted based on evidence supplied by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was the first order of its kind issued to anyone within the force area.

The court heard that Meredith is deemed to be a risk to young people in the community, with particular concern that she might be using or exploiting children to transport drugs between towns.

Concerns

In a statement, child criminal exploitation officer PC Barrett, who led the case, said: “Meredith is suspected to exploit young persons by starting relationships with them and getting them involved in the drug scene.

“There are numerous intelligence reports that identify young people visiting the address, and that Meredith travels with youths to other towns via public transport.

“Parents have also raised concerns that Meredith is using their children to convey drugs between addresses.

“Meredith has a large circle of associates that are all linked via drug use and supply, all of whom are known to police. This increases the risk to young people associating with her.”

The court heard that Meredith was discovered to be one of the top contacts in an active county line drugs supply which was disrupted earlier this year.

It was also highlighted that she has been served with child abduction warning notices in respect of four children as a result of the risk she is believed to pose to them.

These notices have been breached, leading to the application for a slavery and trafficking risk order.

Risk

PC Barrett added: “Officers have attempted to safeguard those that have been identified at risk from Meredith and served child abduction warning notices, however her attitude and complete disregard to this process adds to our concern.

“She does not appreciate the risk she poses to these children in the community.”

Based on the evidence presented, and level of concern shown, the court granted an interim order, which was a first for Dyfed-Powys Police.

An application for a full order will be made when this expires later this month.

The order prohibits Meredith from having any unsupervised contact or communication with any child under 18, except for her immediate family or where it is not reasonable avoidable in the course of her daily life; arranging or facilitating travel for any person under 18, apart from her immediate family; arranging or providing accommodation for any person under 18, apart from members of her immediate family; providing a mobile phone or other communications device to any person under 18, save for her immediate family; owning or possessing a mobile phone or SIM card unless it’s registered with her service provider in her full name and current address, and that she notifies police that she possessing the device within three days.

PC Jamie Morris, the force’s civil orders officer, said: “This is the first slavery and trafficking risk order Dyfed-Powys Police has had served on an individual, and we hope it will lessen the risk currently posed to children in contact with Meredith.

“By putting an order in place we are severely restricting the contact Meredith is allowed to have with young people, with the threat of a prison sentence if the order is breached.”


Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
11 days ago

Sounds like she should be convicted and in prison for these offences but then what do I know?

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.