Postman attacks flagged up

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Royal Mail has launched the annual Dog Awareness Week from June 30 to July 4 to raise understanding of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women in the TD postcode area.

Six postmen and women were attacked across the TD postcode area by dogs between April 2013 and April 2014.

That is a massive 200 per cent increase on figures from the previous year.

Royal Mail is committed to working with customers to drive this number down.

According to their data, the number of attacks tends to peak during the school holidays.

Royal Mail said that its aim is to encourage responsible dog ownership and also to appeal to dog owners to keep animals under control when the postman calls.

Recently passed legislation means that dog owners can now be prosecuted for any attacks that take place on private property.

Royal Mail Operations Director, Rob Jenson, said: “Following the success of last year’s campaign, there is growing awareness of the issue of dog attacks and the problems our postmen and women face when they are delivering the mail.

“However, last year there were still too many incidents of this kind in the TD postcode area and we need to reduce this number further as even one dog attack on our people is one too many.

“We know that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.”