Royal Mail warns of surge in dog attacks

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

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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.

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