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Wootton Bassett postman injured in dog attack
2:09pm Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Royal Wootton Bassett
A Royal Mail worker based at Royal Wootton Bassett was attacked by a dog while on duty.
The man, who has not been named, was bitten by the dog at an address in Pink Lane, Malmesbury, on July 5.
The incident happened between 11am and 11.30am while the man, who works at the Royal Wootton Bassett delivery office, was out delivering post and is being investigated by police.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm that inquiries are continuing into an incident in which a man was bitten by a dog at an address in Pink Lane, Malmesbury between 11am and 11.30am last Thursday, July 5.”
The man suffered serious injuries, which required extensive surgery, and was kept at Great Western Hospital overnight.
Royal Mail spokeswoman Valerie Antoine said: “We can confirm that a postman in the Malmesbury area has been seriously attacked by a dog whilst delivering mail.
"Our main aim is to prevent attacks. If we feel that there is a risk from a dog, or any other animal, at an individual address, we are committed to working with the customer to agree simple steps to ensure that we can deliver the mail safely.
“We always welcome the co-operation of our customers for taking responsibility for keeping their pets under control.
“We also regularly communicate with our people about the dangers of dog attacks and provide advice to postmen and women on techniques to minimise harm in the event of an attack.
"There are around 4,000 animal attacks a year on Royal Mail people. These attacks cause great distress and in too many cases serious injuries.”
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