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Linked to Loca Ventures: Shaykh Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi

Linked to Loca Ventures: Shaykh
Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi

THE COMPANY behind the plans to turn Parc Howard into a conference centre and wedding venue, Loca Ventures Ltd, has recently changed its registered office address. The reasons why are not clear, but the timing coincided with questions from The Herald as to why the company was based at the same address as an Islamic college in Watling Street, Nuneaton.

The Hijaz College Islamic University, located in a secluded 62 acre countryside setting, down a long private drive, is a boarding school young men aged 18 year or over run by top Islamic preacher and lawyer Shaykh Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi. According to that college’s own website, the facilities at Hijaz provide one of the best learning environments for Muslims available anywhere in the world.

The college is aligned with a strict form of Islam called Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at, and according to his own literature, its top man Siddiqi, has ‘established one of the most effective global networks with a proven ability to unite and harness communities to effect positive societal transition and positive change on a local, national and international level.’

But Siddiqi is a highly controversial figure outside the Muslim world. He is an advocate of the courts of sharia law. In 2008, The Telegraph reported that five sharia courts have been set up in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester and Nuneaton, Warwickshire. One of those is at the Hijaz College where Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi runs his court. Heading the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal he said at the time that sharia courts are classified as arbitration tribunals under a clause in the Arbitration Act 1996.

But are there any other links between Loca Ventures Ltd and a controversial Muslim with a plan for spreading sharia law throughout the UK? A quick internet Who Is check showed that the website for the Hijaz College and Loca Ventures Ltd

Was Loca’s registered address: Hijaz College

Was Loca’s registered address: Hijaz College

were BOTH registered by one Rizwan Ali of Chancery Domains Limited. This third company is also registered in Nuneaton at what seems like a business address, 7 High Street, but despite the name it’s a residential a terrace of houses. There is no evidence on line Chancery Domains is bona fide company advertising for customers. There are no signs on the outside of the property suggesting a business is registered there. A quick call to some of the residents on the street demonstrated that neighbours had not heard of the company either.

A further check with the land registry shows that 7 High Street, worth £97,000, is owned by Siddiqi with a mortgage from HSBC Bank PLC.

The new registered office address, in Hinckley Leicestershire is a former pub/restaurant owned by a corporation registered in the Cayman Islands.

The more we dig, it seems, the more tangled the web becomes.

One thing is for sure, Loca Ventures Ltd are trying to hide who is truly behind the company veil.

 

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    Faried Chedie

    October 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Hijaz Cult presents its well dressed and well spoken conmen who lure you in with their softly spoken voices and Islamic utterances … and then begin the spiritual abuse, financially exploitation, abuse of children, all of which as has now been reported in the international publication of repute the Dutch Telegraaf https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/431599/the-long-arm-of-the-sheiks/ rape and sexual abuse remains common place with the victims finally having the courage to come forward

    Faiz Suur outed for the charlatan, conman and trickster he is, hiding behind the veil of Islam, yet along with Tauqir Suur, refusing to pay the money he owes for the work done on the flats in Bedworth, which he has now sold on to his various mureeds and even sold one of the flats to his own charity, Muslim Educational Relief

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    ferdinand

    October 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Faiz Aqtab Siddiqi from Hijaz college Nuneaton has been interviewed by police with regards to historical abuse of children. The story is in The Sun and Daily Mail.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7545914/muslim-cleric-faiz-ul-aqtab-siddiqi-sharia-child-rape/

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A40 west of Carmarthen on Saturday (Sept 26) in which a 20-year-old man, a pedestrian, lost his life.

The police have asked The Pembrokeshire Herald to publicise this appeal.

A spokesman for the police told this newspaper: “At around 9.40pm, a white VW Transporter was in collision with a pedestrian on the A40 westbound, near the junction of Llangynog, Carmarthen.

“The pedestrian, a 20-year-old male, died as a result of his injuries.

“It appears the pedestrian had left his vehicle, a black Seat, following a single-vehicle collision further along the westbound carriageway shortly before.

The police have asked that if anyone has any information on either or both collisions, or may have been travelling along the A40 at the relevant time, please contact the serious collision investigation unit, quoting reference DPP-20200926-339.

This can be done by email: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, by phone on 101 or by text: If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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RESIDENTS in a large part of Llanelli are being put under new local restrictions in a ‘health protection zone’ following a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the area.

The town is seeing a concentrated spread of cases compared with other parts of Carmarthenshire – in the last seven days, 85 positive cases have been identified in Llanelli (151.6 per 100,000 of the population) compared to 24 cases in the rest of Carmarthenshire (18.1 per 100,000 of the population).*

Public Health Wales officials are expecting numbers to continue rising over the coming week.

Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board have worked with the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to agree the temporary restrictions at sub-county level to try and halt the spread of the virus.

As of 6pm on Saturday September 26, 2020, residents living in defined parts of Llanelli will not be able to visit anyone else’s home, or accept visitors into their home, unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as providing care for a vulnerable person.

They should not arrange to meet indoors with anyone who they don’t live with, and travel in and out of the ‘health protection zone’ will also be limited – people should not leave the area or travel into the area unless it is essential. Travelling in and out of the zone for a holiday is not considered a reasonable excuse.

People are being asked to wear face coverings anywhere where they cannot maintain a two-metre distance from other people, including collecting children from school, in addition to the rules which already require them to wear a face covering in indoor spaces like shops and on public transport.

All indoor and outdoor visits to residential care homes have also been suspended.

Students may still travel into and out of the ‘health protection zone’ to go to school or college.

People living in the defined area of Llanelli must work from home, and employers must take all reasonable steps to support staff to do so.

Indoor public spaces such as leisure centres should only be used by people living in the defined area.

Shops will remain open, but people living outside the defined area of Llanelli should avoid travelling to visit them and shop in their own locality wherever possible.

The specific wards covered in the defined area of Llanelli are:

  • Bigyn
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  • Dafen
  • Elli
  • Felinfoel
  • Glanymor
  • Hendy
  • Hengoed
  • Llangennech
  • Lliedi
  • Llwynhendy
  • Tyisha
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Although the pattern of increased positive cases is overwhelmingly concentrated in the Llanelli area where the restrictions have been strengthened, the whole of Carmarthenshire has now been put on alert, with a warning that the tighter restrictions may be extended if cases continue to spread.

Everyone – including those in the defined areas of Llanelli – is being urged to follow the national guidance around social distancing, good hygiene, self-isolation, testing and face coverings.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “It is worrying to see how sharply the number of positive cases has risen in the Llanelli area, and action has had to be taken to help stop the spread and break the chain of infections concentrated in this area to prevent a whole county lockdown.

“We must all do the right thing, follow the advice and protect each other. In parts of Llanelli, we’re asking people and businesses to make even greater sacrifices – we fully appreciate the impact this will have, but there is no other way. We must stop the spread.”

A mobile testing unit has been set up in Llanelli to manage the increased demand by local residents who have any of the Covid-19 symptoms – either a high temperature, a change or loss to taste or smell or a new continuous cough.

Reporting of positive cases in the town is fully expected to rise during the next two weeks with the increase in more targeted testing. But this is a positive indicator that cases are being identified and control measures put in place.

Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board Maria Battle said: “Our local community has given us such tremendous support during the past few months. To protect the health of our people, including the most vulnerable, and to ensure our NHS resources are available to provide people with the care they need; we need the help of our Llanelli population and wider community now more than ever before. Whilst hospital admissions have not yet increased again for COVID cases, we have seen a sharp rise in positive cases in the community, and in time this is likely to have an impact on hospital admissions. The very best way we can support each other and those we love, is to follow local restrictions, minimise our contacts, practice good hygiene and self-isolate and book a test if we have any COVID-19 symptoms.”

Increased testing capacity for residents in Llanelli is available by appointment at the following locations:

  • Parc y Scarlets Car Park B, accessed via Trostre Retail Park, in Llanelli
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  • The Carmarthen showground (signposted in both directions off the A40)

There should be no reason for Llanelli residents to travel excessive distances for a test, as there will be tests available in Llanelli and Carmarthen. Tests should be booked via the UK Portal. Any Llanelli residents experiencing difficulty booking a test locally via the UK portal can instead email covidenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk or by calling 0300 333 2222.

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The local charity Tir Coed teamed up with Cross Hands Primary School to design and install a locally grown woodland shelter to enable primary school pupils to benefit from outdoor lessons-even when
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Last year Cross Hands Primary School received funding from Carmarthenshire is Kind for their intergenerational project. The project brought the schoolchildren together with older people in the community. Through intergenerational activities, everyone involved increases social connectedness, reduces social isolation, learns from one another and has a great time!

Before the lockdown, Tir Coed was contracted to lead a group mainly made up of parents from the school on a shelter-building course. The attendees would gain knowledge and skills and the children and the older people would be able to use the shelter, a third generation now included in this
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Studies have shown that being in the outdoors significantly reduces the risk of spreading the Corona Virus. With this addition to their already impressive outdoor area, it is hoped that more learning can
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If you would like to find out more about the work of Tir Coed or have a project you would like our help with you can contact Nancy, the Carmarthenshire Coordinator: carms@tircoed.org.uk

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