....Mr Rogers said; “I cannot say much about my meeting with Billy Upton because I have signed a confidentiality agreement but I can say it was a positive experience for both parties.

“From my point of view, I wanted to show Billy the full impact of his actions that night.

“Restorative Justice should be an option for all victims of crime. Many people see this as a soft option, but it really isn’t. It gives offenders the opportunity to face up to their actions and the opportunity to say sorry.

“I know I took a lot of comfort from that meeting and I thank geraldine for all her support.”

Geraldine, is Lancashire Probation Trust’s Restorative Justice Manager and the news of her success comes just as the Trust becomes one of five Government pilot areas for restorative Justice nationally.

She said: “I’m delighted that the work we have been doing to further restorative justice in Lancashire has been recognised.”