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Dog attack sparks street mail ban

Royal Mail bosses have defended a decision to suspend deliveries to a Bradford street after a postman was attacked by a dog.

The delivery ban started after an incident involving a bull mastif on Penfield Grove, Bradford.

The postman was not thought to have been bitten by the animal but had to jump over a fence.

Residents claim they have to travel six miles to collect their mail. Royal Mail said the action was a "last resort".

'Punishing street'

Residents have received letters informing them of the action.

But David Crawford, 59, said: "The Royal Mail is punishing a whole street. It's just not on."

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "We take the health and safety of our staff extremely seriously and would only consider taking this course of action as a last resort.

"We continue to work with the dog owner to resolve this situation and will resume deliveries as soon as the dog is secured and is no longer a danger to our staff.

"We apologise to customers affected in the meantime. We would suggest that customers needing to discuss collection of their mail should contact the delivery office manager."

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