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.
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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