29/06/2015

Dog Attacks On Postal Workers Decreases - Royal Mail

Dog attacks on postal workers has fallen 10% in the past year, according to the Royal Mail.

Between 2014-2015, the number of attacks on postmen and women fell from over 3,300 to more than 2,900.

The Royal Mail has suggested the decreased figure is due to a reform to the Dangerous Dog Act in England and Wales in May 2014.

Postmen and women now have legal protection over attacks by dogs when they enter private property.

National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) figures show that following the change in law, the number of dog attack court cases increased by 62%, with the number of successful prosecutions increasing by 71%.

Shaun Davis of Royal Mail welcomed the reduction in attacks.

However, he stated eight postmen and women are attacked every day, adding

the Royal Mail is 'completely committed' to reducing this figure.

(LM)

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