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Dog attacks on postal workers is on the rise

29 Royal Mail workers have been attacked by dogs in the Milton Keynes area postcode in the last year

29 Royal Mail workers have been attacked by dogs in the Milton Keynes area postcode in the last year

 

Dog attacks on postal workers have increased by 12 per cent within the Milton Keynes area postcode.

There were 29 attacks on postmen and women between April 2013 and April 2014, putting Milton Keynes in 41st place out of 120 postcode areas in the UK for the number of attacks.

The statistics have been released by the Royal Mail during Dog Awareness Week to raise understanding of the issue of dog attacks on its staff.

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

And research suggests attacks rise during the school holidays and in the summer months when parents and children are at home and dogs are sometimes allowed unsupervised in the garden, or out on to the street without restraints.

On average around nine postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK with over 3,300 attacks taking place from April 2013 to April 2014, an eight per cent increase on the previous year.

The highest number of attacks took place in the S postcode area in Sheffield and the surrounding area with 107 attacks recorded, but this was a 10 per cent decrease compared to the previous year.

Royal Mail is working in partnership with the Communications Workers Union (CWU)to drive this number down.

Doug Neal, delivery director for the Milton Keynes, said: “Last year there were still too many incidents in the MK postcode area and we need to reduce this number further as even one dog attack on our people is one too many.

“We appeal to dog owners in the MK postcode area to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature.”

 

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