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Dog owners urged to control their pets

Watch Julia Barthram's report on the age old problem of dogs and postmen. Everybody knows they don't always get on and now dog owners are being urged to take better control of their pets.

120 postmen were attacked by dogs in the North East last year.

The number of attacks goes up dramatically during the summer months and especially in the nice weather. That's when pet owners are most likely to leave doors open and let their animals out into the garden.

Since April 2011 there have been over 5500 attacks on Royal Mail staff across the UK as a whole, some leading to a life changing injury. The attacks also lead to more than 4000 days off work.

Full Report: Online shopping parcel boom

If you think you are busy this week preparing for Chirstmas, spare a thought for your postman or woman.

Leave cancelled, three hundred extra deliveries a day and all the last minute parcels to bring to your door this week.

The boom in internet shopping means across Southern Scotland, Cumbria and the North East the Royal Mail is delivering tens of thousands of additional packages every day.

You can see the full report from Julia Barthram below.

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Postal scam costs people hundreds of pounds

Royal Mail have confirmed that a postal scam is taking place across the country that could cost people hundreds of pounds.

The Trading Standards Office are warning people about the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

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