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Royal Mail chief urges owners to keep pets indoors

The chairman of Royal Mail has urged people to keep their pets under control to help tackle the surge in the number of postal workers being attacked.

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.

Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.

We appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature.

It can also be simple things that help - for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.

– Donald Brydon, Royal Mail chairman

Surge in dog attacks on posties across the Midlands

The number of dogs attacking postmen has rocketed across the Midlands over the past year - with Royal Mail warning of a seasonal surge in attacks during the summer holidays.

In the East Midlands, a total of 156 attacks were reported between April 2013 and April this year - an increase of 71 per cent on the year before.

And in the West Midlands, the number of attacks rose 27 per cent - up to 173 - in the same time period.

The number of dog attacks on postal workers has rocketed over the past year, according to the Royal Mail Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Both regions dwarfed the national average increase of just eight per cent.

Royal Mail has now launched Dog Awareness Week, starting today, in the hope of increasing understanding of the problem of dog attacks on postal workers as well as members of the public.

Bosses say the number of attacks tends to peak during the summer school holidays.

Dog attack holds clue to Wolverhampton assault

Police are searching for a man or woman possibly suffering from a dog bite who may hold vital clues to a Wolverhampton assault.

The assault, on a 45-year-old woman, happened along Green Lane in Aldersley last Sunday 8th December between 11.45pm and 1am.

It is believed that during the attack the woman's Staffordshire bull terrier may have bitten either the attacker or a passer-by who may be a witness.

Her attacker was described as black, 32 to 35 years, 6ft 2ins tall and wearing a dark-coloured deer hunter hat with ear flaps and black Nike trainers.

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Dog bite boy's father: 'disgusted' by attack

The father of a boy seriously injured after being attacked by a police dog has told ITV News Central he is 'disgusted'.

The 10-year-old was attacked in Oldbury on Sunday (23 June).

Officers were using the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross, to search for four men wh had stolen copper wiring.

The attack happened in a private back garden.

The boy's father has said he is shocked by the incident and is going to be speaking to West Midlands Police tomorrow.

Police apology over dog attack

West Midlands Police have apologised after a police dog attacked a boy in Oldbury.

The 10-year-old suffered serious injuries and is still in hospital, four days later.

The German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross was helping officers, after reports of four men stealing copper in the Western Road area of the town.

“This poor young boy has gone through an absolutely horrendous ordeal and my thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers from his injuries.

“We apologise unreservedly for what has happened and have launched an investigation to fully understand exactly how an innocent young lad came to be bitten by a police dog in the safety of his own back garden.

“Police dogs and their handlers receive intensive training and play crucial roles in the arrest of suspects day in day out, but on the very rare occasions where things go wrong, it’s vital we understand why and learn the lessons to ensure it doesn’t happen again."

– Chief Inspector Ian Marsh

10-year-old boy seriously injured after police dog attack

A boy has suffered 'serious injuries' after being bitten by a police dog in Oldbury.

The 10-year-old is still being treated in hospital after the attack, which happened in a private garden in the town last Sunday (23 June).

West Midlands Police say the animal, a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross, was on a leash at the time.

The dog and its handler entered the garden after being called out to Western Road, following reports of four men stealing copper wiring near to the train station.

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