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.

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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.

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