Union frustrated that changes to the Dangerous Dogs act have come too late to help a Royston postman

PUBLISHED: 11:22 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:16 11 May 2010

POSTAL union officials expressed frustration that changes to dangerous dogs legislation have come too late to help a Royston postman who was attacked by rotweillers. The government this week unveiled detailed plans to change the law surround the 1991 Dang

POSTAL union officials expressed frustration that changes to dangerous dogs legislation have come too late to help a Royston postman who was attacked by rotweillers.

The government this week unveiled detailed plans to change the law surround the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act so that it offers more protection for people who are attacked on private land.

Last month charges were dropped against businessman Rob Stewart, 44, and his daughter Emma, 22, after their two pet rotweillers attacked postman Keith Davies, of Royston at their home in Trumpington in December 2008.

Mr Davies required lengthy surgery to save his arm after the attack, but the case was not pursued because the Dangerous Dogs act does not currently concern itself with incidents which occur private land.

Steve Butts, from the Communication Workers Union (CWU), said: "Whilst on one hand the news is what we have been campaigning for, there is an element of frustration that this change by Government has come too late for our member, Keith Davies.

"It is sad that such tragic events are required to persuade Government that the law really needs to change," he said.

The CWU has been running a "Biteback" campaign, calling for more protection for postal workers against dangerous dogs.

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