The Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in August 1991, covering all dogs, of any breed, type and cross.
Currently the law does not apply to private property, where the dog has a right to be, for example, the dogs own home.
Under the new measures to be set out today, this will change, according to the Communication Workers Union:
- Five thousand postal workers and around 400 telecom engineers are attacked by dogs each year
- Seventy per cent of dog attacks on postal workers occur on private property, in gardens, drives, paths and private roads, where the law currently does not apply
- Gas, water and electricity workers, district nurses, home helps, health visitors, care workers and even meals on wheels volunteers are all left unprotected by the law
More top news
The WWF reports that these new species were all found in 2014 - but that human development is already threatening many of them.
Research into long-term breeding patterns in flies showed that mothers whose ancestors displayed gay behaviour were more fertile.
12 people are confirmed missing with another 30 unaccounted for, with more bad weather on the way.