Warning for Plymouth dog owners over postie attacks
PLYMOUTH dog owners whose pets attack posties could be sued or have their postal deliveries stopped, it has emerged.
Royal Mail has vowed to take tough action to protect its postmen and women following an independent inquiry led by a former High Court judge.
The report, commissioned by Royal Mail and prepared by Sir Gordon Langley, comes in the wake of latest figures which show 61 posties were attacked by dogs at city postcode addresses between April 2011 and April this year.
More than 3,000 postal workers were attacked in the UK as a whole over the same period.
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The report recommends that Royal Mail should "actively
pursue legal action" against the owners of dogs which go for postmen and women.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: "As a result of this recommendation, Royal Mail will now ensure that attacks on our people are more likely to be the subject of legal action.
"Royal Mail will also take a more robust approach to the suspension of deliveries where dogs pose a danger to our postmen and women."
Sir Gordon called for new laws to enable tougher action against owners of dangerous dogs.
Legal sanctions currently available in England and Wales when dogs attack people on private property are largely limited to action against the dog: issuing a control order or making an order that the dog be destroyed.
Stronger measures are available under existing law but they exclude attacks which take place on private property.
The Langley Report calls on Parliament to pass new legislation enabling criminal sanctions to be taken against owners of dogs which attack people, wherever it takes place.
It also calls for the compulsory microchipping of dogs.