St Michael's
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Safeguarding Incidents 2018-2019

Thursday 4 July 2019 am: a student has reported that this morning, at approximately 9am, on her way to the Academy, she was followed along the path which runs at the side of Q3 Academy Great Barr. The student ran away and arrived at the Academy safely. The man was described as black, in his late 60’s, approximately 5’10” tall, bald with a grey beard and wearing a medium grey t‑shirt and medium grey jeans. The police have been informed. Reported by Q3 Academy Great Barr. 

Tuesday 18 June 2019 pm: after school, a student on Robert Road, Tipton, was approached by a man who was acting “weirdly”. Description: black male, stocky build with a bald head and dressed in black. The police have been notified. Reported by SummerHill Primary Academy.

Tuesday 18 June 2019 pm: a student was waiting for a bus outside the BMW garage on the Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, when he was approached by a male who asked why he was “looking at his gf”. The man got angry and put on gloves and a balaclava, and threatened to stab the student. The student got on a bus and went home. Description: black male, approximately 18/19 years old and wearing a black tracksuit. The police have been notified. Reported by Oldbury Academy.

Monday 17 June 2019: after school, a parent has reported that a man, who was sat in a BMW car [blue or black] by the crossing outside Summerhill Primary Academy on Upper Church Lane, was encouraging a pupil to get into his car. When parents approached the man he drove off towards a bus stop where he approached a group of secondary school aged girls and asked them how old they were. The man then drove off down Arthur Road. The man was described as black, with a beard and glasses wearing a black cap pulled down over his eyes. The police have been notified. Reported by Summerhill Primary Academy. 

Friday 7 June 2019: at approximately 3.40pm, a parent and her child were near Summerhill Primary School when a black car pulled up. The male driver asked if she wanted an umbrella as it was raining. The parent and child walked on and he followed in the car. The man said he would give them a lift: The parent refused and the man then drove off. The police have been informed. Reported by St Martin's CE Primary School. 

Thursday 23 May 2019: at approximately 7.40 am, a St Michael's student was walking along Wallace Road, Oldbury on his way to school and entered a gully. The student was grabbed from behind by a man, with both arms. The student managed to free himself by kicking the man and ran off. The man is described as white, middle-aged, wearing dirty white trainers with the laces undone. The police have been notified.  

Monday 20 May 2019: three Year 7 students have reported that, on Wednesday 15 May 2019, a man was taking pictures of them while they were walking on the road next to B&Q car park next to Gallagher Retail Park. He was described as white, approximately 50/60 years old, wearing a blue check shirt, blue joggers and a hat. The police have been informed. Reported by Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School. 

Wednesday 15 may 2019: a pupil reported being followed by a man in his forties, from the park on Gads Lane, West Bromwich. The incident occurred between 8.15 am and 8.30 am. The police have been informed. Reported by Hanbury Primary School.  

Monday 13 May 2019: between 3.10-3.15pm on Stuart Road, Rowley Regis, a man drove past a student and turned the car around. The man opened the window and said tot he student "are you sture you want to be walking alone darling?". The student ran away. The car was a silver/grey 4x4 with tinted windows. The man was described as Asian, mid-50s, with grey stubble beard, short grey hair and wearing a dark coloured jumper. Reported by St Michael's Church of England High School.  

Sunday 12 May 2019: a parent reported that, at around 11.30am, as his two children (aged 6 and 7) were walking up Hamstead Road ahead of him, a white transit van pulled over towards the children. When the parent shouted to the children the van drove off. There were at least two people in the van. Reported by Ferndale Primary School.

Friday 10 May 2019: a Year 7 student has reported that he was assaulted on the way to school. A man got out of a van, walked over to the student, tried to grab him and punched him in the face. The incident took place outside The George public house on the way to Pound Road. The man was described as white, 5' 10" tall and between 20 - 30 years old. The police have been informed. Reported by Oldbury Academy.

Thursday 9 May 2019: in the morning, a Year 10 student was followed by a man as she walked along St Matthew’s Road to Heron Road. He was described as white, bald, in his 60’s, wearing a black coat, blue jeans and glasses. The police have been informed. Reported by Oldbury Academy. 

Friday 5 April 2019: a female student was assaulted in Barnford Hill Park at 7.40 am. The man was described as white, approximately 5' 9", around 40 years old, balding with short brown hair. He was wearing a black Adidas jacket and black jeans. The police are investigating the assault. Reported by Q3 Academy Langley.  

Friday 29 March 2019: between 3.25 and 3.45 pm, a student was followed down Monckton Road, past Quinton Police Station, to an alleyway off Quinton Road West. The man was initially at a distance but as the student got nearer to the police station, she turned, and the man was right next to her. The student started to walk faster and so did the man. The student met a friend and the man carried on but continued to look back. He then ran off down the alleyway. He was described as a black male, approximately 5’11” tall, average build, wearing black joggers, black puffer cost, neon green t‑shirt and a black cap with white Adidas logo on front. The police have been informed. Reported by Perryfields High School.

Friday 29 March 2019: on Thursday 28 March 2019 at 5.30 pm, a student was in the local park on Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall. When he left the park and made his way home he was followed by a white car. The student ran but the car continued to follow. As the student approached home the car eventually drove off. The police have been informed. Reported by Yew Tree Primary School.  

Monday 18 March 2019: a student reported that at 3.10 pm, while trying to cross the road a white transit van pulled up and the driver pulled down the window and asked if she wanted to show him where Stuart Bathurst was. He was described as a white male, aged 35‑40, with blond short hair and wearing glasses. The police have been notified. Reported by Wood Green Academy.   

Wednesday 13 March: a student reported that at 5.30 pm, a car pulled up and the driver asked her if she was “taken”. The driver asked her again and then sped off. The incident happened near Manor Farm School on Friar Park. Description: two Asian males, aged 20‑24. The driver had a round face and a spikey fringe. The car was a silver Vauxhall. Reported by Wood Green Academy.

Wednesday 13 March: at approximately 4.30 pm, a student was followed by a male when walking from Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School towards Brunswick Park. The man was wearing a blue hoodie. Police have been informed. Reported by Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School. 

Tuesday 12 March 2019: at approximately 3:10 pm, a group of sixth form students were approached by a male in a white BMW near Lidl in West Bromwich. The police have been informed. REported by George Salter Academy. 

Thursday 7 March 2019: a student reported that on her way to school, at approximately 8.25 am, a car stopped in front of her on Howley Grange Road, Halesowen, and the driver put his window down. The man in the car did not say anything but stared at the student. The student walked down an alleyway leading to Spies Lane and saw the car again. The driver was described as an Asian male, black hair, wearing a green/camouflage vest and driving a White BMW 5 door car. The police have been informed. Reported by Perryfields High School.  

Tuesday 5 March: a Year 8 student has reported that on Monday 4 March 2019, at approximately 3.20 pm, a man started to walk behind him along the Wood Green Road, Wednesbury and continued to follow him for the entire walk home. The man was described as white, in his early 30s, wearing baggy clothes, dark blue/black hoodie with the hood up. The police have been informed. Reported by Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School. 

Information: MOMO vs that "WhatsApp game"

We are aware that there have been several reports in national newspapers recently about an alleged scary game through WhatsApp that unfortunately goes by the name of “Momo”. Staff working in children’s services may immediately bring to mind the officially endorsed MOMO (“Mind Of My Own”) app which is used by children to express themselves and helps them to communicate with their workers. Unfortunately, there is nothing legally Mind Of My Own are able to do about someone using the word MOMO, as they don’t own it. 

For those that don’t know…

The alleged “Momo Suicide Challenge” has a bizarre avatar with a creepy face and bulging eyes which purportedly targets young people on social media, encouraging them to add a contact on WhatsApp, then hounds them with violent images, dares, and instructions to harm themselves. Police believe it is being used by hackers to harvest information.

What can you do to help?

  • If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website  
  • Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day online and over the phone on 0800 1111.
  • Take a look at the CEOP online safety centre and you can make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisers if you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with your child online.

 Additional information: Mind Of My Own - Rebrand

Extract from “Mind Of My Own” update 27/02/19:

Forget MOMO, we are Mind Of My Own

Everyone at Mind Of My Own would like to thank our community for messages of support over the last few days.

There is unfortunately now a very negative connotation of the acronym, MOMO, which we have been using as a short version of our name for the last few years. 

Over the last couple of days, there has been significant coverage in the press into what was a hoax, however, there are likely to be real copycat events in the following period of time.  As a force for good for children and young people our apps do not need to have a name synonymous with negative things. We have therefore taken the decision to no longer use the abbreviated version of Mind Of My Own. 

From today, we will refer to our apps as, One app, Express and the service portal. 

We will work quickly and start with everything children and young people come into contact with most frequently. This will include the following: 

  • A new logo design which is already underway and will start to appear everywhere the MOMO logo existed
  • We are working with our developers to make changes within the apps in a timely way
  • Our website will be updated as soon as we have our new logos 
  • We will systematically update our resource library as quickly as we can so you can start sharing it again in your organisations (some of this will be happening today) 

All the team will be searching for any references to MOMO and replacing it with Mind Of My Own. Later on today we will be adding new posters to the resource library and will systematically work through updating everything. 

Things you can do to help us ... 

Most companies take many months to plan and initiate a rebranding so please be patient with us. You can help us by removing all printed materials which make reference to MOMO.

As always, as we progress we will keep you fully informed of where things are up to as we work through these changes. If you have any questions, please contact your account manager.”

Monday 11 February 2019: a group of students reported this morning that on Monday 11 February 2019, at approximately 3.05 pm, they were approached by a male in a white car. He wound down his car window to talk to them but drove off when he saw them take out their phones to take a photo of his car registration plate. The man was described as of “Chinese origin”, approximately 28‑32 years old and wearing a blue coat. Reported by George Salter Academy.

Monday 11 February 2019: at approximately 5 pm, a parent was collecting her children from the after-school club when a man, who was at the end of the driveway, called to her and asked, “Why are you smiling? You are smiling too much”. The man went on to ask how many children she had. The parent walked back to the school and alerted staff. The man disappeared into a nearby car park. School phoned the parent to check she was safe and as she waited at the bus stop, talking on the phone, the man walked past, turned, and headed back in the direction of the school. The man was described as black, aged between 30 and 35 years old, slim build and approximately 5’9” tall. He had a beard and was wearing a green hat, khaki jogging bottoms, a black coat and carrying a black backpack. The police have been notified. Reported by Rounds Green Primary School.

Monday 11 February 2019: a parent informed RSAAcademy that, on a few occasions over the last week, a man was standing outside Asda on Wednesbury Oak Road and has stopped children asking their ages and asking them to stop with him. The man was described as white, 5ft 8in tall, wearing a tracksuit and a cap with tattoos on his neck. This has been reported to the managers at Asda and the police. 

Tuesday 22 January 2019: at 3.40 pm, as a student was walking up Tame Road, he noticed a car [light blue Audi (older A3)] with three men and a woman (in their 20’s). The car drove past him again, pulled in and stopped at the top of Forest Road, the route the student would normally take. As the student was concerned, he continued walking down Perry Hill where he met other pupils that he knew, and he joined them to walk down Forest Road with them. A man got out of the car and was on his phone but when he saw that the student was with others, he got back in the car. The student heard the driver say “there’s no point anymore”. Description: three males, one described as mixed race, approx. 5’8” tall, slim build with longish hair and wearing a headband, he was wearing a dark blue zipped hoody with white toggles and black bottoms. The driver was white with short brown hair. The woman had Ombre hair, blonde to brown, and was wearing a white tracksuit. The fourth male was not clearly visible. The police have been notified. Reported by Perryfields High School.  

Monday 21 January 2019: at 4.10 pm it was reported that a male, driving a white van, stopped outside the Nisa shop on Regent Road and approached a Year 7 student. He said, "come with me, I will take you home". A Year 11 student intervened and told the man to go away. The man was described as Asian, aged 30-35. The police have been notified. Reported by Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy. 

Friday 18th January 2019: we have been informed by a Head Teacher of a school in the Tividale area that, since returning from the school holidays, the school has been receiving calls in relation to work being carried out on site. The school has now been made aware that there is a “conman” working outside of the school. This man has been claiming he is carrying out work in the school and has been offering work to unsuspecting men who are looking for work. It is known that these workmen have collectively given the man around £500 to work on projects in the school, saying the money was for insurance, training and other things. He has also walked the workmen around the perimeter of the school to show them where work would be taking place. He was described as a white male, medium build, around 5’9” tall, in his mid‑30s, brown hair and a “stubbly beard”, tattoos on both hands and wearing a cap. The police are now involved.

Wednesday 16th January: at 5.15 pm, a member of staff was waiting for a bus at the Red Lion bus stop when a car stopped and a man asked her to get in the car. The man became verbally abusive when she refused. Police have been informed. Also reported: three “suspicious” males have been hanging around the car parking areas by the school and the Red Lion Pub. Reported by St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School. 

Wednesday 12 December 2018: a student was racially abused whilst walking home from school, near the B&Q, Park Lane, Wednesbury.  A car pulled up next to her and the man swore at her, called her names and told her to remove her headscarf. The student ran away and hid. The man was described as white, in his late 20s, with red short spiky hair and driving a silver medium sized car. The police have been notified. Reported by Wood Green Academy.  

Tuesday 20 November 2018: at 3.15 pm as two students were walking along Moat Road, approaching Knotthall Lane, a man walked towards them. The man pretended to be on his phone before attempting to grab the phone from one of the students, which resulted in the student dropping the phone and rushing to retrieve it. The man left the scene, at a casual pace, with his head down. The man was described as approximately 5’8” tall, and wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood over his head. The police had been informed. Reported by Q3 Academy Langley.

Tuesday 20 November 2018: a student from Wood Green Academy was walking along Darby Road after school when she made eye contact with a man in a green car. He started the car and began to follow her. The student took out her phone to call a friend and the man stopped the car, got out and started to watch her. The student believed the man was following her. The man was described as Asian, 5”4’ tall, with a trimmed beard. The police have been informed. Reported by Wood Green Academy.

Tuesday 20 November 2018: at approximately 4.45 pm a man stopped his car [silver family car] to speak to a student and her friends and asked, “Do you know Leena?”. The man reached for his seatbelt to open it. The students didn’t respond and ran back to school. The man was described as Asian, in his 30’s, short beard and wearing a grey/black hoodie. The police have been informed. Reported by Perryfields High School.   

Monday 19 November 2018:  a sixth form student has reported that she has been “stalked” by an Asian male, in his 40’s. The man has been following her from the West Bromwich bus station to school and today at 8.30 am the man approached her and gave her his phone number to contact him. The police have been notified. Reported by Holly Lodge School.   

Thursday 15 November 2018: at approximately 3:15 pm, a group of students were "messing about" on their way home when a woman approached them in a red Mini car. She asked one of the students to get into the car. The woman grabbed the bag from one of the students and asked him to get into the car. The student got away. The incident occurred on  Ridgacre Road, Quinton (near Tesco). The driver was described as a white female, approximately 5'6", in her 40s, with red hair and wearing a black jumper. Reported by Perryfields High School. 

Thursday 8 November 2018: a student has reported that at approximately 8 am, a black car [Audi] stopped by the student, and a man got out and approached him. The man asked the student to get into the car to show him a location. The student refused and ran in the other direction to a public area. The incident happened in an alleyway ff Beech Avenue, Quinton B32 2UB, which links to the Hagley Road West and runs behind Hollybush Medical Centre and other shops. The man was described as black, in his 20s, 5'8" tall, light stubble on his chin, shaved head and wearing a black hoodie. The man had a local accent. The Police have been notified. Reported by Perryfields High School. 

Monday 5 November 2018: at approximately 4.10pm yesterday, a Year 7 student reported that a man had made inappropriate comments to her. The man was described as in his 50s, with a grey beard, wearing a long brown mac and a hat. The police have been notified. Reported by RSA Academy. 

Monday 22 October 2018: a student was walking to school along Bescot Road, Walsall, when a black SUV pulled up and a male got out of the car and asked her if she went to college or to Wood Green. The student tried to get past and the man tried to look at her ID badge and asked her what she studied. She said she had to go and called her friend. The man shouted after her and got in the car and then followed her to the motorway before driving off. The man was described as Asian, in his 20’s, about six feet tall; and a black male in the car in his 20’s. The police have been notified. Reported by Wood Green Academy.

 Friday 19 October 2018: at approximately 3.30 pm, a Year 4 pupil was waiting for her mum at the front of the school when she was approached by two girls in high school uniform. They asked the pupil if she wanted to be their friend, to have some sweets, and if she wanted to go with them. The pupil’s mum returned and approached them. The girls ran away. Police have been notified. Reported by Moat Farm Junior School. 

Thursday 4th October 2018: following a parents’ evening, at approximately 8 pm, a Year 11 student was on his way home ( near Witton Lane area in West Bromwich) when he was stopped and asked by an unknown man to get into the stranger’s car. The student went into a friend’s house for safety. The vehicle was described as a black SUV, driven by a woman with red hair. The unknown passenger was a white male. Reported by Phoenix Collegiate. 

Thursday 4th October 2018: a parent reported that at approximately 7.45 am, her daughter (a Year 7 student) was on her way to school when she was chased by two men. The student went into a shop for safety, but the two men followed her in there too: so she ran into the school where they stopped following her. They were described as two males, in their 30s, one wearing a grey jacket, and the other wearing a black jacket. The incident happened on Marsh Lane Field, West Bromwich. Reported by Phoenix Collegiate. The police have been notified.

Thursday 4th October:  a student reported today that on Thursday last week, she was approached by an elderly man as she was waiting for the bus outside Sandwell College in West Bromwich. He handed her a piece of paper that had details of a government website and a 'child trust fund'.  The same man has approached her again on the 4th October, at approximately 7.40 am, to speak to her. He then walked away. He was described as an elderly white male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches, with white messy hair, wearing a short brown jacket, white shirt, jeans, and holding a carrier bag. The incident happened in West Bromwich. Reported by Perryfields High School. The police have been notified.

Thursday 4th October 2018: at 8:15 am, a St Michael’s student and her friends were walking down a gully whilst on their phones. They were on Hawes Lane, Rowley Regis when a tall male wearing a blue hoody grabbed the student’s phone and ran off with it. No other description obtained as the incident happened very quickly. The Police have been notified. 

Thursday 27th September 2018: a St Michael's student reported that, when walking home from school along Curral Road & Ross Heights, Rowley Regis, he was stopped by an Asian man in a red Vauxhall car. The man opened his window and leant out to the student and whispered to him about drugs. The man was described as bald, with some facial hair and wrinkles on his forehead. He wore a black jacket and blue Jeans.The student reported that there was another man that was also by the car, looking through packages in the boot. He was described as wearing a grey hoody and blue jeans.

A friend of the student reported that, on their journey home from school in the same area, they saw an Asian male in a silver car acting suspiciously. A young girl entered his car, exchanged something then exited the car; the car sped off quickly. The local authority has been notified. 

Tuesday 25 September 2018: at the end of school a Year 8 student was followed by a silver “Sprinter” van for a considerable distance. When the student turned to look, she believed that the occupants of the van had taken a photograph. The student ran to a nearby shop where she was assisted by a member of staff who saw the van speed away. The police have been notified. Reported by Phoenix Collegiate.

Tuesday 25 September 2018: at 7.45 am, some St Michael's students walked past a woman seated at the bus stop, who said to them "have a nice day at school". She then said, "come here, I've got money, would you like some sweets from the shop?". She then removed her purse from her pocket and showed it to the boys. The boys walked away quickly. The woman was white, possibly in her 40s/50s, medium build, black/brown hair, wearing a yellow raincoat and glasses. 

Monday 17 September 2018: at 7.30 pm a student was walking home on Throne Road, Rowley Regis when she was followed by a black car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa. There were three men in the car who shouted at the student and asked how old she was. A woman driver who saw the incident, beeped the horn for them to move on, and then walked the student home. The driver was a white male, in his 30s, with scruffy dark hair and a full beard. The front passenger was a white male, in his 30s with shaved hair. The rear passenger was obscured by the car’s tinted glass. The police have been notified.

Monday 17 September 2018: an incident occurred at Ryders Green Primary School between 8.30 am and 9 am. A parent parked her car in Claypit Lane, West Bromwich to drop off her children as normal. In the back of her car, was a baby in a baby seat. A woman approached the car, opened the back door and tried to take the baby. The parent confronted the woman who quickly departed in a white van. 

Friday 14 September 2018: at 7.20 am, a student went into the Tesco Express in Rowley Regis and was approached by a man who asked the student if he had a bank card and could give him £20. The man also approached other people. He was described as a white male, in his 20s, approximately 5’8”, black hair and “clean‑cut”, wearing a black hoody jacket and black trousers. 

Wednesday 12 September 2018: at approximately 3.30 pm, a Year 8 student was walking along Woodruff Way, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, when he became aware that he was being followed by a car. The student made his way to a property and pretended to unlock a door, the car then drove off and the student made this was home. The men were described as Asian, both wearing hoody style tops and driving a grey Vauxhall car. 

Thursday 6 September 2018: at 8 am this morning in Rowley Village, a student was followed by an Asian man in his late 40s. He was wearing a black turban, black trousers, a dark jacket and a blue short sleeved shirt. He also wore a mask which covered the bottom part of his face. The man continued to follow the student up the road near Tesco Express. He then made contact with her by nudging her shoulder. This caused her to make contact with the fence. The man did not speak to her or apologise to her. He continued to walk up the road and subsequently crossed over. The police have been notified.