Parents of Blackburn man killed by a single punch visit scene of attack

Lancashire Telegraph: David and Pat Rogers launch their campaign David and Pat Rogers launch their campaign

THE parents of a 24-year-old man, who was killed in a ‘one-punch’ town centre attack have visited the place he was attacked to launch a campaign in his name.

Adam Rogers died after being attacked while on a night out with pals in Blackburn when they became involved in an altercation with another group.

The Padiham Ladies’ football coach had been acting as a peacemaker in the incident when he was punched once by William Upton, then aged 16 , hitting his head on the pavement. He later died from head injuries in hospital.

Following his death his parents, Pat and David, set up a charity 'Every Action Has Consequences’, which is aimed at challenging young peoples’ perceptions of violence.

On Saturday Pat and David joined police, Trading Standards and Blackburn with Darwen Comm unity Safety Partnership on Northgate to launch the campaign in the town.

Mr Rogers said: “It’s not a new thing that people like to go out in the evening and have a drink or two and enjoy themselves.

“But it does seem to now, be the point of going out for some young people – to get absolutely legless. It’s a very dangerous state to be in.”

One year ago, Mr Rogers took the brave step of meeting his son’s killer.

The teenager had been sentenced to four years in prison for Adam’s manslaughter in July 2009, of which he served 18 months.

Mr Rogers, from Blackburn, said: “You’re very angry when something like this happens. Initially, that anger is directed at the person who did it, who swung that punch.

“But really what you are angry at is the stupidity of it all. The futility, the senselessness of it all, that’s what you’re really angry about.

“There must be thousands of people who go out underage, like him, get drunk and don’t know what they are doing and think nothing of swinging a punch.

“The consequence of this for Billy Upton is that he has made a mess of his own life as well as ending the life of our son.”

Adam’s mum Pat added: “We appeal to bar staff to be vigilant.

“Under-18s should not be drinking in pubs and clubs.

“For over 18s who enjoy a night out I ask you to be aware of the amount of alcohol you are consuming.

“Alcohol misuse can make you vulnerable in many ways and getting this message out to as wide an audience as possible is important.

“We know from the work we have done so far that we can make a real impact – and we sincerely hope that Adam will continue to make the world a better place even after his death.”

The campaign has already seen 70,000 beer mats and 7,000 posters delivered to pubs and clubs across Lancashire.

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12:14pm Mon 10 Dec 12

ghanto says...

hi my own personal view is put things behind and let him rest in peace

choice is yours
hi my own personal view is put things behind and let him rest in peace choice is yours ghanto

2:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

mys says...

The little scum bag needed a life sentence for what he I'd, poor Adam went for a night out with his friends and never came home, ghanto, how can these parents put this behind them, for gods sake they have lost there son through this animals fault, they will never ever get over there loss, until you lose someone because of another persons fault I suggest you keep your opinion to yourself, if it helps them with there grief by appealing to stop this happening again then let them, everyone knows it won't bring there only son back but if it stops another family going through the heartache of losing there child let them do it and show some respect, rip Adam and love to his family x
The little scum bag needed a life sentence for what he I'd, poor Adam went for a night out with his friends and never came home, ghanto, how can these parents put this behind them, for gods sake they have lost there son through this animals fault, they will never ever get over there loss, until you lose someone because of another persons fault I suggest you keep your opinion to yourself, if it helps them with there grief by appealing to stop this happening again then let them, everyone knows it won't bring there only son back but if it stops another family going through the heartache of losing there child let them do it and show some respect, rip Adam and love to his family x mys

9:52pm Mon 10 Dec 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

A worthy attempt to change peoples actions and it should be applauded. However drink,drugs and violence are endemic in U.K society. I fear that the society that we have allowed to be created will not change until fit and proper deterents are put into place. Both capital and corporal punishments need to be reintroduced. Only then will we see a change in behaviour.

Deus Vobiscum
A worthy attempt to change peoples actions and it should be applauded. However drink,drugs and violence are endemic in U.K society. I fear that the society that we have allowed to be created will not change until fit and proper deterents are put into place. Both capital and corporal punishments need to be reintroduced. Only then will we see a change in behaviour. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE

12:41am Wed 12 Dec 12

foxy lass says...

18mths for killing someone. Where is the punishment!!!! These parents have lost their child..
18mths for killing someone. Where is the punishment!!!! These parents have lost their child.. foxy lass

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