Dog-owners have been urged to keep their animals under control during the school holidays to tackle the "unacceptably high" number of attacks on postal workers. The Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union warned that attacks usually increase in the summer months, placing postmen and women in danger of injury.
Nationally there were 3,100 attacks in the year to April, down by 14% on the previous year following a £100,000 awareness campaign by the Royal Mail, which will be stepped up in the autumn in areas across the country including Huddersfield.
– Ian Stockdale. Royal Mail
Even just being threatened by an unrestrained pet is a frightening situation for our delivery staff and we would appeal to owners to keep their pets under control."
– Dave Joyce. Communications Workers Union
The age-old image of the dog attacking the postman is not a laughing matter. Thousands of our members are bitten every year and hundreds suffer debilitating injuries which leave them with physical and psychological scarring.
The Royal Mail have released the latest figures of dog attacks on their workers in the major cities and towns in our region:
Bradford postcode area – 19 attacks in April 2011 0 April 2012 – same number as the previous year
Harrogate postcode area – 5 arracks in 2011/12 – down 58% on the previous year
Hull postcode area – 18 attacks in 2011/2012 – same as the previous year
Halifax postcode area – 8 attacks in 2011/2012 – up 62% on the previous year
Huddersfield postcode area – 18 attacks in 2011/2012 – same as the year before
Lincolnshire postcode area – 31 attacks in 2011/2012 – down 6%
Leeds postcode area – 28 attacks in 2011/2012 – down 42%on the previous year
Sheffield postcode area – 110 attacks in 2011/2012 – up 1% on the previous year
York postcode area – 59 attacks in 2011/2012 – down 25% on the previous year
Wakefield postcode area – 45 attacks in 2011/2012 – up 9% on the previous year