Dogs’ bites are worse than their bark for posties

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THE Royal Mail has launched an independent inquiry into the frequency and consequence of attacks by dogs on its postal workers.

Figures show there were 217 incidents reported in Scotland last year, with 31 of those in Fife.

The inquiry, led by Sir Gordon Langley, will look at different legislation and proposed amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act but will also look to find out why so many incidents are taking place and make recommendations of how to cut down the number of attacks.

A spokesperson for the Royal Mail said dog attacks result in its postmen and women often suffering “severe” injuries and “considerable trauma” and added “the number of attacks remains unacceptably high”.

Donald Brydon, chairman of Royal Mail Group, said: “It is an offence to decency that good people should suffer these attacks when carrying out their daily jobs and serving the public. I am delighted that Sir Gordon has agreed to carry out this inquiry.”

Dave Joyce, national safety officer of the Communication Workers Union, which organises an ongoing Bite Back campaign, said: “This is a very positive and welcomed development at a key moment and will definitely raise the profile of the issue and influence the public and political debate and strengthen the case for change, which is overwhelming and must not be further delayed.”

The inquiry is expected to report later this year and anyone interested in submitting evidence and proposals for action is asked to do so by emailing the inquiry secretary, Robert Allnutt at angleyinquiry@gmail.com.