10:45AM, Tuesday 01 July 2014
An appeal has been launched by the Royal Mail to try to reduce the number of dog attacks on postmen and women.
Dog Awareness Week aims to encourage responsible dog ownership and inform of new legislation which means dog owners could face prosecution for dog attacks on private property.
Despite a 35 per cent decrease of dog attacks from April 2013 to April 2014, 15 postal workers were attacked by dogs in the SL postcode area and the Royal Mail hopes to see this reduced further.
Royal Mail’s delivery director for Slough, Gary Yard, said: “We know that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.
“Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.”
Visit www.royalmailgroup.com/dogs for tips on how to prevent dog attacks.
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.