Leeds is hotspot for dog attacks on postmen and women

Dog attacks on postal workers in Leeds have fallen.
Dog attacks on postal workers in Leeds have fallen.
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LEEDS has been named a hotspot for dog attacks on postal workers – with more than 50 incidents in the past year.

The new figures, released by Royal Mail, reveal that 51 attacks on postmen and women were recorded in the LS postcode from April 2015 to April 2016.

The figure is down four per cent on the previous year but puts Leeds in sixth place within the UK.

The news comes as Royal Mail launches its fourth Dog Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the issue and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Rob Jenson, operations director at Royal Mail, said: “We know that the overwhelming majority of dogs are friendly most of the time.

“However, even the most placid animal will defend itself if it feels its territory is being threatened.

“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.

“Our postmen and women deliver to over 29 million addresses across the country.

“We ask them to exercise caution and respect for all family members, including pets when delivering the mail.

“This summer, we are also appealing to dog owners and their families across the LS postcode area to help reduce the numbers of attacks, particularly at the door and in the garden.”

A national Dog Awareness Week postmark will be applied to all postmarked letters from today until July 8.

The national research also showed more than a third of incidents happen at the front door and an average of seven attacks a day were being reported.