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TODAY the Lancashire Telegraph launches a major anti-violence campaign in memory of Adam Rogers.

We are standing shoulder to shoulder with Adam’s family as they set out to raise awareness of the devastating effects of spontaneous violence.

There are real concerns nationally about a culture in our town centres which sees drink-fuelled revellers turn to violence as a first option.

Last July, West Yorkshire Police launched a campaign ‘One Punch Can Kill’ after a number of attacks in town centres.

And locally, there have been a number of high-profile cases in which flashpoints have resulted in death and lasting injuries.

After experiencing the horrific consequences of spontaneous violence themselves, Adam’s parents Dave and Pat searched for a way to turn their tragedy into a force for good.

The 24-year-old Padiham ladies football coach died after a single punch as he tried to prevent a fight in Blackburn town centre.

Last month, 17-year-old William Upton was sentenced to three and a half years’ detention for the unlawful blow which killed him.

‘Consequences – let’s stop the senseless violence’ will attempt to reach out to young people, and make them stop and think about the chaos a single strike can have.

The Lancashire Telegraph and the Rogers family are being supported by Lancashire Police, Blackburn with Darwen Community Safety Partnership, several town centre licensed premises and other agencies.

A number of crackdowns on under-age drinking and other alcohol-related issues will take place under the ‘Consequences’ umbrella, such as test purchase stings and operations to take boozing children off the street.

Major town centre nightspots, including Liquid & Envy, are pledging their commitment to responsible drinking.

Unveiling the campaign, Pat Rogers said: “From the day that it happened we didn’t want it to change us as people, to make us bitter.

"We wanted to find something positive that could come from what was such an awful personal tragedy.

“We started the conversation at the hospital. We tried to look at what we could do.

"This ‘recreational’ violence is so appalling, yet it’s happening in every town and city centre.

“We won’t change the world, but if we could change just a few people and stop this happening to one other family, it would be worth it.”

Adam’s uncle Ged Johnson has also been instrumental in the campaign and came up with the name ‘Consequences’.

Lancashire Telegraph editor Kevin Young said: “This campaign is aimed at tackling a major problem in our society.

"Too often violence is a first option among young men fuelled by drink.

“The death of Adam Rogers was utterly shocking. All who knew Adam have talked about a very special person who went out of his way to help others.

"Most of us can barely imagine the pain to his family and friends of such a loss, but it speaks volumes for the character of his parents that they are determined to turn this appalling tragedy into a force for positive change.

"Our call today is for others to join the Telegraph and the Rogers family in our drive to raise awareness of the terrrible consequences of spontaneous violence."

Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter, who lead the investigation into Adam’s death, hailed the ‘really valuable’ campaign.

He said: “I’ve seen a number of cases where a young person has consumed too much alcohol and used gratuitous, stupid violence for no reason.

“There will be many, many incidents where it will happen in every town, in every city, right across the UK, only with less serious results.”

Community leaders are also backing the campaign. Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: "I think it is a very, very important campaign.

"It speaks volumnes for the extreme humanity of Mr and Mrs Rogers and their family that they want this to be Adam's memorial and not revenge or retribution.

"The absolutely fundamental issue on my part is to force up the minimum price of alcohol in the supermarkets and convenience stores.

"They come out with all sorts of excuses, but it is harmful to local brewers like Thwaites, it is harmful to night life and it is harmful to the children their families."

The Lancashire Telegraph has spoken to other victims of similar unprovoked spontaneous violence to highlight the catastrophic effects these incidents have on all involved.

Pat Rogers, a former assistant principal at St Mary’s College, has created an educational package based on her son’s story, which will form the cornerstone of the campaign - trying to change young people’s attitudes to violence and drink.

There will also be a number of fundraising events under the ‘Consequences’ name.

Divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood, said: “This campaign is borne out of the tragic death of a responsible, well-respected person who was clearly attacked for no reason.

"It is very cruel and tragic for all who knew Adam.

“Any initiative which helps the police and community safety partners to deal with violent crime comes with my complete blessing.”

Adam was one of 648 homicides in 2008-09, including murder and manslaughter, and, according to the most up-to-date Home Office crime statistics, he was among 884,579 victims of violence against the person in England and Wales in the 12 months up to December 2009.

In Lancashire there were an average of 62 violent incidents a day last year, or 22,806 incidents in total.

The total of crimes had fallen slightly year-on-year.

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10:06am Tue 18 May 10

huggles says...

This family is amazing. What a fantastic way to remember Adam, I wish you all the best in your quest to make people realise that all actions have ‘Consequences’. God bless you all x x
This family is amazing. What a fantastic way to remember Adam, I wish you all the best in your quest to make people realise that all actions have ‘Consequences’. God bless you all x x huggles
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11:14am Tue 18 May 10

AnthonyUK says...

Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately.
Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately. AnthonyUK
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11:25am Tue 18 May 10

SirBillTaylor says...

Wasn't the assailant only 16 at the time? What was such a young person doing out, doing as he was, at that time? Where did his family think he was? Or am I sounding old & old fashioned?
Wasn't the assailant only 16 at the time? What was such a young person doing out, doing as he was, at that time? Where did his family think he was? Or am I sounding old & old fashioned? SirBillTaylor
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1:48pm Tue 18 May 10

Baudelaire says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately.
Most of the dumps around Blackburn town centre would have no customers at all if they did this.
In fact most of them have actually done their best to attract the dregs and driven out all those decent people out for a quiet drink. What a great business plan !
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately.[/p][/quote]Most of the dumps around Blackburn town centre would have no customers at all if they did this. In fact most of them have actually done their best to attract the dregs and driven out all those decent people out for a quiet drink. What a great business plan ! Baudelaire
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2:17pm Tue 18 May 10

AnthonyUK says...

Baudelaire wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote: Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately.
Most of the dumps around Blackburn town centre would have no customers at all if they did this. In fact most of them have actually done their best to attract the dregs and driven out all those decent people out for a quiet drink. What a great business plan !
And explain to me why they should serve drunks who have already have had too much to drink at home and get into fights in town and expect to be served again only to be fuelled up even more for fighting and urinating in streets and being total prats and nobs? Why should the dregs come first and decent people who drink sensibly come second?
[quote][p][bold]Baudelaire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Problem is many get tanked up before going out and are often ready for a fight;bars/pubs and nightclubs should instantly refuse to serve those who come in already stinking drunk and eject them from the premises and put them on pubwatch immediately.[/p][/quote]Most of the dumps around Blackburn town centre would have no customers at all if they did this. In fact most of them have actually done their best to attract the dregs and driven out all those decent people out for a quiet drink. What a great business plan ![/p][/quote]And explain to me why they should serve drunks who have already have had too much to drink at home and get into fights in town and expect to be served again only to be fuelled up even more for fighting and urinating in streets and being total prats and nobs? Why should the dregs come first and decent people who drink sensibly come second? AnthonyUK
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2:57pm Tue 18 May 10

bankhall says...

another pointless story and waste of time .Do you not think this has been going on for over 25 years and these so called consequences have come and gone pointless
another pointless story and waste of time .Do you not think this has been going on for over 25 years and these so called consequences have come and gone pointless bankhall
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8:12pm Tue 18 May 10

Lifeinthemix says...

This is yet another common purpose numty idea, when it is they who should be very aware of the consequences coming there way when the people really grasp what they have and continue to do in this country.
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Treason is not a good thing.
This is yet another common purpose numty idea, when it is they who should be very aware of the consequences coming there way when the people really grasp what they have and continue to do in this country. . Treason is not a good thing. Lifeinthemix
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9:11pm Tue 18 May 10

woodyads says...

Thanks for enlightening us with your "thoughts" Bankhall. Perhaps, if someone in your family had been the victim of a violent attack (that could possibly be stopped through this campaign) you might have a different attitude.

I wish the Rogers' well with the campaign, and hope that they can take lots of positives from educating our young people about the ills of violence.
Thanks for enlightening us with your "thoughts" Bankhall. Perhaps, if someone in your family had been the victim of a violent attack (that could possibly be stopped through this campaign) you might have a different attitude. I wish the Rogers' well with the campaign, and hope that they can take lots of positives from educating our young people about the ills of violence. woodyads
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10:12pm Tue 18 May 10

cathedral citi says...

certain individuals, of the so-called 'social underclass' will always blight the lives of the innocent. Time and again, we have all seen and heard of the irreversible damage that these individuals have done, and are doing on a daily basis. Time and again, we have witnessed on television, violence towards the innocent bystander, resulting in horrific injury, or even death. Let not the deaths of innocent people, like Roger Adams, be in vain. I wholly support this campaign.

God bless the families of all innocent victims of violence.

Cathedral citi
certain individuals, of the so-called 'social underclass' will always blight the lives of the innocent. Time and again, we have all seen and heard of the irreversible damage that these individuals have done, and are doing on a daily basis. Time and again, we have witnessed on television, violence towards the innocent bystander, resulting in horrific injury, or even death. Let not the deaths of innocent people, like Roger Adams, be in vain. I wholly support this campaign. God bless the families of all innocent victims of violence. Cathedral citi cathedral citi
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7:54am Wed 19 May 10

De La Rosa says...

Good idea and fitting in memory to Adam Rogers... but I fear this campaign will fail pragmatically.

Addressing the issue directly - why don't the telegraph collaborate with the high schools in the borough and give a lecture/seminar on the responsibilities of drinking and the consequences that follow a stupid act...

I'm a firm believer in education - and shock education - i.e. show them the consequences and they will fear them.

If anyone's ever been on a speeding course and seen the presentation of what can happen i.e. pictures of crashes and the devastation caused in their wake - your left with a pretty solid impression. It won't stop you speeding altogether, but you've always got something in the back of your mind about 'what could happen' and the immediate response is to slow down.

If done correctly, the same principle could apply to irresponsible drinking.

The telegraph could make such a huge impression with this campaign - and help tackle the issues;

a. Under Age Drinking
b. Irresponsible Drinking

Good luck with the campaign!

De La
Good idea and fitting in memory to Adam Rogers... but I fear this campaign will fail pragmatically. Addressing the issue directly - why don't the telegraph collaborate with the high schools in the borough and give a lecture/seminar on the responsibilities of drinking and the consequences that follow a stupid act... I'm a firm believer in education - and shock education - i.e. show them the consequences and they will fear them. If anyone's ever been on a speeding course and seen the presentation of what can happen i.e. pictures of crashes and the devastation caused in their wake - your left with a pretty solid impression. It won't stop you speeding altogether, but you've always got something in the back of your mind about 'what could happen' and the immediate response is to slow down. If done correctly, the same principle could apply to irresponsible drinking. The telegraph could make such a huge impression with this campaign - and help tackle the issues; a. Under Age Drinking b. Irresponsible Drinking Good luck with the campaign! De La De La Rosa
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12:09pm Thu 20 May 10

Blackburn_85_nojustice says...

De La Rosa wrote:
Good idea and fitting in memory to Adam Rogers... but I fear this campaign will fail pragmatically.

Addressing the issue directly - why don't the telegraph collaborate with the high schools in the borough and give a lecture/seminar on the responsibilities of drinking and the consequences that follow a stupid act...

I'm a firm believer in education - and shock education - i.e. show them the consequences and they will fear them.

If anyone's ever been on a speeding course and seen the presentation of what can happen i.e. pictures of crashes and the devastation caused in their wake - your left with a pretty solid impression. It won't stop you speeding altogether, but you've always got something in the back of your mind about 'what could happen' and the immediate response is to slow down.

If done correctly, the same principle could apply to irresponsible drinking.

The telegraph could make such a huge impression with this campaign - and help tackle the issues;

a. Under Age Drinking
b. Irresponsible Drinking

Good luck with the campaign!

De La
De La Rosa,

Please look closely at the plan of the campaign. The Rogers family have compiled an educational package to take round schools and colleges. They are in partnership with all local authorities.

A lot of hard work has been put into this by fantastic people for it to be put down due to lack of knowledge.

The campaign will be a fantastic success even if it just changes the actions of one youngster and saves the grief of one family.
The consequences charity will also go on in Adam's name - this will not be a short lived dream.

Good luck to everyone involved in the running and fundraising of the campaign. Fantastic family, an inspiration.
[quote][p][bold]De La Rosa[/bold] wrote: Good idea and fitting in memory to Adam Rogers... but I fear this campaign will fail pragmatically. Addressing the issue directly - why don't the telegraph collaborate with the high schools in the borough and give a lecture/seminar on the responsibilities of drinking and the consequences that follow a stupid act... I'm a firm believer in education - and shock education - i.e. show them the consequences and they will fear them. If anyone's ever been on a speeding course and seen the presentation of what can happen i.e. pictures of crashes and the devastation caused in their wake - your left with a pretty solid impression. It won't stop you speeding altogether, but you've always got something in the back of your mind about 'what could happen' and the immediate response is to slow down. If done correctly, the same principle could apply to irresponsible drinking. The telegraph could make such a huge impression with this campaign - and help tackle the issues; a. Under Age Drinking b. Irresponsible Drinking Good luck with the campaign! De La[/p][/quote]De La Rosa, Please look closely at the plan of the campaign. The Rogers family have compiled an educational package to take round schools and colleges. They are in partnership with all local authorities. A lot of hard work has been put into this by fantastic people for it to be put down due to lack of knowledge. The campaign will be a fantastic success even if it just changes the actions of one youngster and saves the grief of one family. The consequences charity will also go on in Adam's name - this will not be a short lived dream. Good luck to everyone involved in the running and fundraising of the campaign. Fantastic family, an inspiration. Blackburn_85_nojustice
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11:57am Fri 21 May 10

OSmalley says...

bankhall wrote:
another pointless story and waste of time .Do you not think this has been going on for over 25 years and these so called consequences have come and gone pointless
Bankhall, ‘pointless’?
How insensitive do you want to be?
The aim is to try and prevent the tragic even from happening again and if the Consequences campaign can help do this they have achieved what they set out to do.
The loss of Adam has changed me as a person, please explain how it may not help someone else think before they act?
Do you have no morals or decency?
Adam was a dear friend of mine and your post I find very inconsiderate.
The family and friend want to try and help in any way they can and are very great full to the telegraph for their support.

For you to say that it is a waste of time shows what kind of a person you must be.

RIP Adam, gone but never forgotten. X
[quote][p][bold]bankhall[/bold] wrote: another pointless story and waste of time .Do you not think this has been going on for over 25 years and these so called consequences have come and gone pointless[/p][/quote]Bankhall, ‘pointless’? How insensitive do you want to be? The aim is to try and prevent the tragic even from happening again and if the Consequences campaign can help do this they have achieved what they set out to do. The loss of Adam has changed me as a person, please explain how it may not help someone else think before they act? Do you have no morals or decency? Adam was a dear friend of mine and your post I find very inconsiderate. The family and friend want to try and help in any way they can and are very great full to the telegraph for their support. For you to say that it is a waste of time shows what kind of a person you must be. RIP Adam, gone but never forgotten. X OSmalley
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