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NEWS: Dog ruling leaves workers at risk, warns CWU

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The Communication Workers Union has slammed a court sentence for failing to go far enough after a postal worker was savagely mauled by Doberman dogs at a property in Lincolnshire.


Postwoman Sharron Singer suffered 19 bites, including serious injuries to muscles, tendons and bones, when she was attacked by two dogs in July in the village of Wrangle near Boston.

The dogs’ owner was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay the victim compensation of £1,000. The dogs were returned on condition they are muzzled in public.

Seven postal workers are attacked in the UK each week. Photograph: iStock / Chalabala

CWU health and safety officer, Dave Joyce, said: “The court has the power to issue destruction orders on the dogs involved and can disqualify the convicted owner from keeping dogs for a number of years up to a life ban, but astoundingly, this court failed to do either.

“The court did order that the dogs be muzzled in public, but the attack on Sharron took place on private property. A risk, therefore, continues to exist with visitors to the property where the dogs are kept and that’s a concern.”

A recent report by the Royal Mail revealed there were 2,470 attacks between April 2016 and March 2017, or an average of seven attacks every day. A total 71% of attacks happened in the garden or at the door while workers were delivering the mail. 

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