People living and working in the Llanfair Caereinion area are being urged to attend a community meeting to help spot the dangers of organised drug gangs,

Llanfair Caereinion county councillor Gareth Jones, who is set to host the event, says: “Although there is not a problem at the moment, we do need to be aware of the growing threat and problem in the community”.

The free community event, set to be held on Thursday, July 11, aims to raise awareness of the County Lines drug gangs who are targeting towns such as Welshpool and Newtown.

Representatives from Caereinion High School, Llanfair Caereinion Primary School, Llanfair Caereinion Town Council, Llanfair United Football Club, COBRA Rugby Club, Llanfair Caereinion Hockey Club and Llanfair Caereinion YFC will be present.

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Cllr Jones told the County Times that he was shocked to see obvious drug-use in the town.

“It knocked home for me on carnival night; I have never seen drugs so blatantly used. It’s worrying to see young people offering it to people and how easily available it is in small towns like Llanfair.

“This meeting is a wake up call to get something done and to stamp it out of Llanfair.

“We’re naive, and long may it continue, but we need to be aware of the signs.”

The meeting is expected to last around an hour and will include information and a presentation from three speakers. Residents will then get the chance to ask questions and raise any concerns in the presence of local police officers.

  • The event, which starts at 6.30pm at Caereinion Leisure Centre, is free to attend.