UK post service bites back over dog attacks

Updated 24 November 2012
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UK post service bites back over dog attacks

LONDON: Britain’s state-run postal service Royal Mail will take legal action against the owners of dogs that attack its staff and will consider suspending deliveries to their homes, it announced Friday.
The Royal Mail said its postmen and women had suffered more than 3,000 attacks in the year to April, while the Communication Workers Union, which represents 134,000 postal workers, said the figure was closer to 5,000.
“Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff,” said Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon. “Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.”
Brydon said the postal service would “take a more robust approach with customers whose dogs attack postmen and women,” including looking at suspending deliveries to their homes.
“We will adjust our policies immediately,” he added.
The tough new stance follows an independent inquiry calling for owners of dangerous dogs to face greater sanctions.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have introduced new laws and similar legislation is planned in Wales — but in England, legal action cannot be taken at present if a postman is bitten on private property while approaching a home.
“This means that for postmen and women — who each have to visit hundreds of private addresses on their delivery rounds every day — the legal protection against attacks by dogs is limited,” Royal Mail said.
It welcomed the report’s call for urgent reforms to the legislation on dangerous dogs in England and Wales.


Paul McCartney teases ‘Egypt Station’

The rock legend on social media released a video of the Pyramids and palm trees swaying in the wind. (Shutterstock)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Paul McCartney teases ‘Egypt Station’

  • McCartney and his label did not provide further details but speculation immediately grew that he was ready with his next album, which would be his first of new material since 2013.

NEW YORK: Paul McCartney on Monday teased news of “Egypt Station” — presumed to be the title of his next album — as the former Beatle celebrated his 76th birthday.

The rock legend on social media released a video of the Pyramids and palm trees swaying in the wind on a sand-colored background set to snippet of ambient music mixed with vehicular traffic.

McCartney and his label did not provide further details but speculation immediately grew that he was ready with his next album, which would be his first of new material since 2013.

While McCartney is more known for an interest in India than Egypt, a 1999 painting by the musician and artist was entitled “Egypt Station” and depicted sunflowers and animals under a blue sky. McCartney, who toyed with retirement following the end of The Beatles more than 40 years ago, has shown a burst of energy as a septuagenarian and toured the world for much of 2016 and 2017.