Twenty post office workers attacked in Warrington

This Is Cheshire: Twenty post office workers attacked in Warrington Twenty post office workers attacked in Warrington

OWNERS of dogs that attack postman should be prosecuted as criminals, according to an independent report.

The proposals come after there were 20 attacks recorded on postman by dogs in Warrington between April 2011 and April 2012, and more than 3000 nationwide.

Royal Mail has now welcomed the findings of the inquiry which recommends that tougher sanctions should be put in place to prosecute owners.

Sir Gordon Langley, is a former High Court Judge who led the inquiry, He said: “It is a matter of real concern to learn of the extent and frequency of attacks on postal workers and to find that for a considerable time there has been almost general agreement not only on the inadequacies of the present law in England and Wales but also on the nature of the reforms required to address it, but to date it remains unchanged.”

Under current legislation tougher measures are available against owners whose dogs attack people in public places.

However, these sanctions cannot be applied where the attack takes place on private property, with penalties often restricted to the dog, whether that be a control order or destruction.

The Langley Report calls on Parliament to repeal current legislation. It is pushing for heavier penalties including suspension of delivery for any addresses where dog attacks occur, and criminal prosecution against owners.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones was once bitten by a dog when delivering election information.

She said: "I know how painful this can be.

“ Responsible dog owners make sure that their pets cannot do harm to others.

“I believe that anyone who has a dog should either have a cage fitted behind their letter box or have a letter box on the wall outside to prevent anyone being bitten.”

Donald Brydon, chairman of the Royal Mail Group, said: “Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff. Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.

We have also taken on board his comments that Royal Mail should take a more robust approach with customers whose dogs attack postmen and women. We will adjust our policies immediately.”

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12:20pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Casual Postman of Orford says...

Some people should not be allowed dogs!
Some people should not be allowed dogs! Casual Postman of Orford
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12:34pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

With a lot of houses, there is a gate you have to go through to get to the path leading to the front door. Quite often you see a sign saying "Dog - enter at your own risk" or similar.


It seems to be common sense for the postie to be instructed/allowed not to deliver at such a location (making a note of the reason) - the same goes for houses that have dogs (often staffies and other ego-compensation dogs) running around in the front garden.


The right to a a universal service should be removed from some people.
With a lot of houses, there is a gate you have to go through to get to the path leading to the front door. Quite often you see a sign saying "Dog - enter at your own risk" or similar. It seems to be common sense for the postie to be instructed/allowed not to deliver at such a location (making a note of the reason) - the same goes for houses that have dogs (often staffies and other ego-compensation dogs) running around in the front garden. The right to a a universal service should be removed from some people. Nick Tessla
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12:46pm Thu 29 Nov 12

comedymeister says...

New flavour of dog food out this Christmas.........

'Postman Pate'
New flavour of dog food out this Christmas......... 'Postman Pate' comedymeister
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2:17pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Woolston_R_Us says...

As a dog owner, I agree that if a postie can't deliver without fearing of being attacked by dogs let loose in the garden, to make note of the address and not enter.

Putting post through a letterbox is ok as there's a door between postie and dog, but for owners to let the dog behave in this manner should (as Nick Tessla said) have the right to a universal service removed from them.
As a dog owner, I agree that if a postie can't deliver without fearing of being attacked by dogs let loose in the garden, to make note of the address and not enter. Putting post through a letterbox is ok as there's a door between postie and dog, but for owners to let the dog behave in this manner should (as Nick Tessla said) have the right to a universal service removed from them. Woolston_R_Us
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2:53pm Thu 29 Nov 12

TrueBlueTerrier says...

The headline is factually wrong Posties work for Royal Mail not the Post Office - they are since earlier this year two separate independent companies. In fact Postmen have not work for the Post Office since 2002.

As to refusing to enter a property if a dog is loose - this is already Royal Mail policy.

Perhaps the situation will improve when England catches up with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who have all recently enacted new legislation to deal with this problem.
The headline is factually wrong Posties work for Royal Mail not the Post Office - they are since earlier this year two separate independent companies. In fact Postmen have not work for the Post Office since 2002. As to refusing to enter a property if a dog is loose - this is already Royal Mail policy. Perhaps the situation will improve when England catches up with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who have all recently enacted new legislation to deal with this problem. TrueBlueTerrier
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3:07pm Thu 29 Nov 12

HappyMisery says...

What about the 20 dogs who contracted food poisoning from the postie uniforms?
What about the 20 dogs who contracted food poisoning from the postie uniforms? HappyMisery
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7:13pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Casual Postman of Orford says...

Simple rule should be. Control your mutt or no post for you suckers!!!
Simple rule should be. Control your mutt or no post for you suckers!!! Casual Postman of Orford
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