A post ban is back in parts of Meltham amid fears of another dog attack.

Royal Mail has confirmed it has suspended deliveries to 120 addresses after the safety of its postmen and women could not be guaranteed.

Deliveries were first suspended in July after postman Jason Lee was mauled by a loose dog at an address on Copley Avenue.

He had a large chunk of his arm bitten off and required plastic surgery.

He is still recovering and has not yet returned to work.

Deliveries were resumed later in the month except to a handful of addresses surrounding the home of the rogue dog.

But villagers have now been hit by another ban, which is thought to have been implemented a week ago.

The Examiner understands the dog has still been seen running loose around the streets.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman, said: “Suspending deliveries is only ever our last resort.

“The attack on our postman was horrendous.

Copley Avenue in Meltham
Copley Avenue in Meltham
 

“He is still receiving hospital treatment and we do not want this to happen to any of our staff or members of the public.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our customers but the Health and Safety of our employees is paramount.

“Deliveries will be resumed as soon as Royal Mail is satisfied that our people will not be at risk.

“We are still seeking assurances that our postmen and women are not at risk and that the dog is being kept under control when staff are in the area.

“We are working with the West Yorkshire Police and the Dog Warden to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

“Royal Mail apologises to all affected customers.

“In the meantime, affected customers can collect their mail from Holmfirth Delivery Office on the production of photo ID.

“Customers can also arrange to make alternative temporary arrangements by contacting the Delivery Office on 01484 680997.”

A resident of Golcar Brow Road, one of the streets affected, said he was furious that he had not been officially informed.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s been in place for a week now and not one person knew.

The kids are still walking the street to school and the paper boy is still delivering.

“I just walked down it and nothing attacked me. But the real complaint is they didn’t tell anybody.

“I can understand stopping deliveries to one house but not the whole street.

“It’s sledge hammer and nut time.

“There’s a lot of bad feeling around here about this.

“It seems a bit over the top to me.

“One of my neighbour’s is in his 80s. How can he get out to Holmfirth sorting office to collect his post?

“I have great sympathy with the postman that was bitten but this is the second time now.

“I’m waiting for important papers in the post.

“If I don’t get them I lose money.”

A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said they had investigated a report from Royal Mail of the dog straying but we were unable to find evidence to prove it.

She added: “Royal Mail have not made a complaint about the injury to the dog wardens so we have been unable to investigate.”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed last month they could not prosecute the dog owners as the incident occurred on private property.