Mail deliveries to a Meltham estate will not resume until the police are satisfied that dog owners have control over their animals, according to Royal Mail.
Dog owners in the Copley Avenue area of Meltham were visited by police earlier this week and later handed warning letters by Royal Mail about “unacceptable risk” in relation to their pets.
They were also warned they could face private prosecution if they fail to control their dogs.
Deliveries were reinstated on Tuesday this week but suspended later that day after another postman was attacked - the third in the area in three years. The postman was not seriously hurt.
Royal Mail is now taking advice from police whose officers are working with dog owners to improve safety by ensuring dogs are not allowed to run loose.
The Examiner understands that the Royal Mail will only reinstate deliveries once the police have decided that the area is safe from loose or dangerous dogs.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Unfortunately Royal Mail has had to suspend deliveries again in the Copley Avenue area. Around 120 addresses are affected.
“We are working with local police and on their advice have written to a number of residents who have been identified as having dogs at their properties.
“We hope that all local dog owners will work with the police to ensure that our postmen and women can deliver safely.
“The safety and welfare of our staff is paramount and the suspension of delivery is always a last resort. We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.
“Customers can collect their mail at Holmfirth Delivery Office while the suspension is in place.”
Dog owners said they shared Royal Mail’s concerns about dangerous dogs.
Ruth Pickles, a mother-of-four and grandmother who owns a Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed, said police and a dog warden visited her home on Copley Avenue on Tuesday.
They checked her dog Charlie was microchipped and took note of her dog’s behaviour.
Mrs Pickles then received a hand-delivered letter from Royal Mail saying that deliveries to her home were being suspended because of the risk to postal staff.
“I really feel sorry for the people that have been attacked. We want to live in a safe place and we want post people to be safe. It just seems we are being victimised because we have dogs.”
She added: “The Royal Mail want safety for their workers and that’s very understandable considering what has happened.”
Mum-of-three Andrea Turner, 48, who has lived on the estate 15 years, said: “I have to go to Holmfirth to pick up my post and I don’t drive.
“But it’s the old people I worry about. There’s a lot of them and it’s not fair on them. They don’t understand, some of them.”
Holme Valley North councillor Terry Lyons said the police had said there were 30 dogs in the area.
“One dog has frightened a postman and now there is a blanket ban on deliveries. People haven’t been given any warning. They have to go to Holmfirth (to collect mail).”
He said residents had contacted him saying they had received a letter saying deliveries had been suspended, with no telephone number to ring to make enquiries.
He said: “They have three months to appeal. Why couldn’t there be a compromise where the resident puts a box at the bottom of the garden so they don’t have to go in? It’s disgraceful - it’s very heavy-handed.”