Parents of Blackburn man killed by a single punch back pub violence-warning campaign (From This Is Lancashire)
Parents of Blackburn man killed by a single punch back pub violence-warning campaign
MORE than 70,000 beer mats and 7,000 posters are to be displayed in pubs and clubs across Lancashire as part of a campaign highlighting the consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence.
The county-wide scheme is being backed by Pat and David Rogers, whose 24-year-old son Adam died after suffering a single punch in Blackburn, in 2009.
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 and from Rishton, hitting his head on the pavement. He later died from head injuries in hospital. The Every Action Has Consequences charity was set up by Adam’s parents and the Lancashire Telegraph to raise awareness of the consequences of alcohol misuse.
Now the organisation has teamed up with Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Trading Standards service, Blackburn with Darwen Trading Standards service and Blackpool Trading Standards for the new campaign.
Licensees will also be encouraged to support the 'Check 25' scheme which reminds people who appear to be under 25 that they will be asked to produce identification to buy alcohol.
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 be now, the point of going out for some young people is to get absolutely legless.
“It’s a very dangerous state to be in.
“There must be thousands of people who go out underage, get drunk and don’t know what they are doing and think nothing of swinging a punch.”
Anyone with information or concerns about alcohol related crime can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.