Woman deemed 'risk to young people' banned from contact with children

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A woman has been served a notice prohibiting her from having any contact with children aged under 18 as part of an interim slavery and trafficking risk order. The order was brought upon Lisa Meredith, of Trefonen Way, at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court on June 19.

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. It also 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.

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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.

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 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 reasonably 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 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.

PC Jamie Morris, the force’s civil orders officer, added: “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.” For the latest court reports, sign up to our crime newsletter here