Lewes MP Norman Baker calls on dog owners to keep animals under control and keep posties safe

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LEWES MP Norman Baker MP is backing Royal Mail calls to persuade pet owners to keep their animals under control during the school holidays when postmen and women call to deliver their mail.

He was shocked to hear that more than 3,100 attacks have taken place on postmen and women since April 2011.

These attacks usually increase during the prolonged summer school holidays.

This is when parents and children are at home with dogs being allowed unsupervised in the garden or out on the streets without restraints.

When a postie feels that there is a risk from a dog, or any other animal, at an individual address, Royal Mail will look to work with the customer to agree simple steps to ensure the safe delivery of their mail.

Mr Baker said: “Our posties work hard, come rain or shine.

“Sadly the alarming number of attacks they receive from dogs often goes unnoticed.

“Therefore it is important to raise awareness about this issue.

“Such action can help to reduce attacks.

“Indeed the number of attacks has actually fallen by 14 per cent nationally since 2010, but it still remains unacceptably high.”

The MP continued: “I am asking all dog owners to keep their postie in mind and keep their dog away from the letterbox and under control in the garden.”