Daily attack fears for postal workers

Hannah Stott from Royal Mail delivering letters to residents on Horncliffe Road who will not be receiving mail until assurances are made about dogs being kept indoors.

Hannah Stott from Royal Mail delivering letters to residents on Horncliffe Road who will not be receiving mail until assurances are made about dogs being kept indoors.

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POST workers are running a daily gauntlet of fear after it was revealed vicious dogs attack more than one postie a month.

Royal Mail has released the shocking figures after it emerged a postman attacked by a bull mastiff in South Shore sustained potentially permanent tendon and nerve damage to his arms in the horror incident.

Residents on Horncliffe Road have not had mail for around three weeks, since the attack.

But yesterday they received letters warning them they would not get their post until Royal Mail receives assurances the dog no longer poses a threat.

In the last 12 months 17 post workers have been attacked across the Fylde coast.

And Fylde’s delivery manager Hannah Stott said she had a duty to do everything in her power to make sure posties are safe – including stopping deliveries.

She told The Gazette: “A bull mastiff jumped a six foot fence and the postman suffered tendon and nerve damage in his arms.

“He was delivering two doors up and the dog broke over the fence and jumped on him.

“It’s the most serious incident that’s happened but we do regularly have dog bites. Even the most friendly dogs can turn.

“Before we deliver again we need the customer to come forward with really serious reassurance they will keep the dog indoors. We have an obligation to deliver mail but I’ve also to make sure my postmen and women are safe on deliveries.”

The postman who was attacked remains off work, and one of his colleagues said the incident had knocked his confidence.

Rick Wight has been attacked three times in his 20-year career as a postman and said: “We do believe Royal Mail are trying to be pro-active but they can never eliminate dog attacks.

“I’ve a bull mastiff myself and I’m not scared of dogs, but (being attacked) does make you more wary and knocks your confidence.”