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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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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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