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Law changes offer new protection to postal workers who are attacked by dogs

Closing legal loophole which offers protection to workers 'beyond the garden gate'

Injury to postman Jason Lee who was bitten by a dog in Meltham

Postal workers have been granted new legal protection from dog attacks ‘beyond the garden gate’ after a change to the law.

Amendments to the Dangerous Dog Act will now cover workers who are attacked by dogs on private property - a loophole which Royal Mail has successfully challenged to close.

Tougher penalties will also be imposed for irresponsible dog owners.

The move comes nearly a year after postman Jason Lee was mauled by a dog in Meltham and needed plastic surgery on his arm.

Deliveries were subsequently suspended to a handful of properties surrounding the home of the rogue dog.

The attack happened in Copley Avenue and Royal Mail said at the time deliveries were suspended until they were sure that they could guarantee health and safety of employees.

Police were unable to prosecute the dog owner because the attack happened on private property.

Mr Lee was off work for many weeks.

Figures from Royal Mail show that dog attacks are a significant hazard, faced by postmen and women on a daily basis with 2,400 attacks in the 12 months.

Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, said: “I am delighted by the news that changes to the Dangerous Dog Act have now come in to force in England and Wales.

“Royal Mail has campaigned for changes to this important legislation and it will now ensure our postmen and women will be protected when they enter private property including a customer’s garden.

“The welfare and safety of our people is our first priority. We are only too aware of the life changing physical and psychological injuries that can be sustained from dog attacks. Nobody should have to endure this and our postmen and women should not be at increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.

“With the new legal protections and with greater public awareness, I hope we can see a significant reduction in the number of incidents in future.”

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