Big rise in dog attacks on postmen

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THE Royal Mail today reported a big rise in the number of postmen being attacked by dogs.

In the PO postcode area, there were 28 attacks in the year 2012/13 to 46 in 2013/14.

In the SO postcode area they went up from 25 to 33.

Nationally, 3,300 postmen were attacked last year - an eight per cent rise on the previous year.

The Royal Mail has been campaigning to reduce the numbers by identifying properties where there is high risk to warn postmen to take extra care.

They say attacks rise during the school holidays and in the summer months when parents and children are at home with dogs and they sometimes allowed them to roam unsupervised in the garden or out onto the streets without restraints.

Dog owners have been given tips on how to prevent these attacks, by keeping them away from the letterbox or giving them food or toys to play with when the post is being delivered.