Royal Mail to step up dog action

The Royal Mail pledged today to take more action against owners of dogs that attack postal workers after a new report called for tougher legislation.

CWU: 'England needs new dog laws'

Sir Gordon's recommendations take on board our own long-standing campaign objectives of securing new UK-wide laws which apply on private property, moving away from breed-specific legislation, introducing microchipping and getting serious when it comes to prosecution and punishment.

England will soon be the only part of the UK without updated dogs laws as Scotland and Northern Ireland have already introduced new improved legislation and Wales is legislating in the current session.

– CWU general secretary Billy Hayes

Royal Mail: 'Dog attacks cause terrible trauma to staff'

Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff. Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.

We welcome the findings in Sir Gordon Langley's independent report, especially his call for an urgent reform of the laws in England and Wales.

We have also taken on board his comments that Royal Mail should take a more robust approach with customers whose dogs attack postmen and women. We will adjust our policies immediately.

– Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon

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Postal workers 'need new law to stop dog attacks'

Former High Court judge Sir Gordon Langley has recommended that new legislation should be introduced to provide tougher legal sanctions against owners of dangerous dogs.

Postal workers cannot take action if they are attacked on private property Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

The report pointed out that action cannot be taken if an attack takes place on private property, limiting legal protection available to postmen and women.

Sir Gordon's report called on the Government to repeal current legislation and provide a new statute so that legal action can be taken against dog owners, wherever an attack takes place.

New laws have already been introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with legislation planned in Wales.

Royal Mail to take tougher line on dog attacks

The Royal Mail pledged today to take more action against owners of dogs that attack postal workers after a new report called for tougher legislation.

More than 3,000 postal workers were attacked by dogs, say the Royal Mail Credit: PA Archive

The postal group said it will actively pursue legal action against the owners of dangerous dogs and take a more "robust" approach to suspending deliveries to addresses where attacks take place.

The moves follow publication of an independent inquiry into dog attacks on postal staff, which the Royal Mail said numbered more than 3,000 in the year to April.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) union said the number of postal workers suffering dog attacks was nearer 5,000 a year.