Postal service resumes after corgi ‘attack’

Leo the corgi
Leo the corgi
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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POST has started to be delivered again to a house where a dog bit a postman’s leg.

Pensioner Jean Parker said she was relieved that the service has been resumed after her postman refused to deliver to her following the incident on October 7.

The 75-year-old denies that her corgi Leo went anywhere near the postman, although a Royal Mail spokesman said the postman was so badly injured he needed hospital treatment.

Mrs Parker was left without post, including details of hospital appointments and bills, 
while Royal Mail held an investigation.

Mrs Parker, of Beauchamp Avenue, Gosport, came to The News as she was not getting answers from Royal Mail.

When contacted by The News, a spokesman from Royal Mail said they had suspended deliveries to her house and that she had been informed of this – by letter.

However, they were not sure who had delivered this letter.

Following The News’ intervention, Royal Mail met Mrs Parker and agreed to reinstate her service.

Mrs Parker said: ‘The manager came round and brought all my post with him.

‘He said that my service has been resumed as long as Leo is kept under control.

‘I just hope this will be the end of it now.’

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: ‘We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously and we have sought assurances from the dog owner that the dog in question will be kept secured when we undertake deliveries.’

Research conducted by Royal Mail earlier this year showed an increase in dog attacks on postmen and women.

It said there were more than 3,300 dog attacks on postmen and women between April 2013 to April 2014 – an average of nine per day, some leading to a permanent disabling injury.

Royal Mail says this number has risen by eight per cent since 2012.