Royal Mail Suspends Deliveries Over Leeds Dog Attack

Incident Last Month Leads To Ban Across Housing Estate

06.11.2013

Postal deliveries on the Greenthorpe Estate in west Leeds have been suspended following a dog attack on a postman in the area last month.

The Yorkshire Post reports that residents have been informed that they need to pick up mail from a depot following the ban.

Residents told the newspaper that the situation had left them ‘fed up’ and that they want answers as to when the situation is likely to change.

Felicity MacFarlane of Royal Mail, which is currently seeking assurances the dog will not be roaming the estate, told the newspaper: “We apologise for the inconvenience but our priority is the health and safety of staff. They should be allowed to deliver without fear of attack.”

Dog attacks have been rarely out of the news this year, with a number of high-profile incidents including fatal attacks and others in which victims have been left seriously injured.

The Government has previously announced plans to introduce measures which include compulsory microchipping of puppies, as well as a closure in a loophole which currently means dog owners cannot be prosecuted over attacks which take place on private property.