‘Outrageous’ Blackburn postal boycott enters third week

Blackburn Citizen: Winston, the dog at the centre of the incident which has led to action by Royal Mail staff Winston, the dog at the centre of the incident which has led to action by Royal Mail staff

RESIDENTS of an entire Blackburn street are facing a third week without a postal service after the Royal Mail continued to suspend deliveries following a dog attack.

The company’s decision to boycott Worcester Road, in Whitebirk, branded ‘outrageous’ by a local councillor, came after a postman was bitten while on his rounds.

The dog, a mixed breed puppy named Winston, was on a lead held by an eight-year-old boy in a front garden, against his father’s wishes.

Winston proved too strong for the child and jumped up at the postman, drawing blood from his arm.

Royal Mail issued a letter to every home telling residents that deliveries would be suspended and that they would have to collect their post from the sorting office in Canterbury Street.

The police and RSPCA were both involved with the Royal Mail investigation and made suggestions on how to calm Winston down and make the area safe.

Coun Tony Humphrys said the changes had been implemented by Winston’s owner and he called on Royal Mail to overturn its decision.

The Shadsworth and Whitebirk councillor said: “It is just outrageous that this street is still without post.

“Whitebirk has lost its bus service as it, is due to cutbacks and people are finding it very hard to get into town to collect their mail.

“They have to collect it within 18 days otherwise it is returned to sender.

“I understand that Royal Mail have a duty to protect their delivery people and that’s fine but these residents are being punished for something that they did not do, and it is unbelievable. I have met with Twin Valley, the PCSOs and Royal Mail, as well as local residents who are understandably annoyed. I am aware that the dog’s owner has done as instructed and had the dog neutered and has been taking him to behaviour classes.

“Royal Mail needs to overturn the decision.”

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “Mail to Worcester Road is still suspended until we are satisfied that the road is safe.”

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12:49pm Mon 10 Mar 14

burner says...

foolish and unwarranted
foolish and unwarranted burner
  • Score: -5

12:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Why do. People get dogs more powerful than thay are simple as that , was a bit ott , I think all dog owners should register there dog and pay a fee for insurance in case of the dog injuring Somone or another animal , should be no insurance no dog ,,,
Why do. People get dogs more powerful than thay are simple as that , was a bit ott , I think all dog owners should register there dog and pay a fee for insurance in case of the dog injuring Somone or another animal , should be no insurance no dog ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 16

1:09pm Mon 10 Mar 14

George Khan says...

Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks
Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail
Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps
I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail
It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets
Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail
The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds
Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds George Khan
  • Score: -9

1:21pm Mon 10 Mar 14

adamdesk says...

Some regret, some suffer and some are carless and would still continue to leave their dog free
As its said 1 person wrong all should suffer
Some regret, some suffer and some are carless and would still continue to leave their dog free As its said 1 person wrong all should suffer adamdesk
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bluenose_in_exile says...

Well well no surprise to see the type of dog.
About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners.
Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.
Well well no surprise to see the type of dog. About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners. Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets. Bluenose_in_exile
  • Score: 8

3:03pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Zombie killer says...

George Khan wrote:
Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks
Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail
Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps
I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail
It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets
Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail
The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds
Haha maybe u shud perish for even breathing air
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds[/p][/quote]Haha maybe u shud perish for even breathing air Zombie killer
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Zombie killer says...

Bluenose_in_exile wrote:
Well well no surprise to see the type of dog.
About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners.
Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.
Well well well another uneducated person that knows nothing about dogs making judgements with no knowledge of what you are on about.. I will ask you this....? What breed of dog is this?
[quote][p][bold]Bluenose_in_exile[/bold] wrote: Well well no surprise to see the type of dog. About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners. Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.[/p][/quote]Well well well another uneducated person that knows nothing about dogs making judgements with no knowledge of what you are on about.. I will ask you this....? What breed of dog is this? Zombie killer
  • Score: -7

3:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

site supervisor says...

As I dog owner myself ....I have insurance for the dog so if she get out causes and accident or did bit anyone they could claim on the insurance ....She friendly and chipped ect..should be made law like a car
As I dog owner myself ....I have insurance for the dog so if she get out causes and accident or did bit anyone they could claim on the insurance ....She friendly and chipped ect..should be made law like a car site supervisor
  • Score: 4

3:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

George Khan says...

Zombie putter, never mind me perishing for breathing air
You’ll blody perish if you linger around Whitebirk
Winston’s fangs deeply embedded in your rear
You’ll be screaming but the kutta, I mean dog, won’t shirk
He’ll also eat what little you have between ear to ear
Zombie putter, never mind me perishing for breathing air You’ll blody perish if you linger around Whitebirk Winston’s fangs deeply embedded in your rear You’ll be screaming but the kutta, I mean dog, won’t shirk He’ll also eat what little you have between ear to ear George Khan
  • Score: -6

4:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Zombie killer wrote:
Bluenose_in_exile wrote:
Well well no surprise to see the type of dog.
About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners.
Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.
Well well well another uneducated person that knows nothing about dogs making judgements with no knowledge of what you are on about.. I will ask you this....? What breed of dog is this?
A savage breed, IT BIT SOMEONE. says it all................
[quote][p][bold]Zombie killer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bluenose_in_exile[/bold] wrote: Well well no surprise to see the type of dog. About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners. Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.[/p][/quote]Well well well another uneducated person that knows nothing about dogs making judgements with no knowledge of what you are on about.. I will ask you this....? What breed of dog is this?[/p][/quote]A savage breed, IT BIT SOMEONE. says it all................ Just an observer
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mmickk says...

Bluenose_in_exile wrote:
Well well no surprise to see the type of dog.
About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners.
Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.
Im a dog owner she is chipped and insured and trained. I would pay a dog license fee but what would be the point because im responsible enough without it. My point being the owners of dogs that cause all the problems would not pay a license fee anyway. It costs £50 a year to keep the dogs booster injections up to date including a health check. That could be incorporated into a licence at least then with the micro-chip law next year the dogs would be registered and checked once a year by the vet.
[quote][p][bold]Bluenose_in_exile[/bold] wrote: Well well no surprise to see the type of dog. About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners. Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.[/p][/quote]Im a dog owner she is chipped and insured and trained. I would pay a dog license fee but what would be the point because im responsible enough without it. My point being the owners of dogs that cause all the problems would not pay a license fee anyway. It costs £50 a year to keep the dogs booster injections up to date including a health check. That could be incorporated into a licence at least then with the micro-chip law next year the dogs would be registered and checked once a year by the vet. mmickk
  • Score: 7

10:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

RK says...

George Khan wrote:
Zombie putter, never mind me perishing for breathing air
You’ll blody perish if you linger around Whitebirk
Winston’s fangs deeply embedded in your rear
You’ll be screaming but the kutta, I mean dog, won’t shirk
He’ll also eat what little you have between ear to ear
God you are boring beyond belief, and for those of us who speak the Queen's English, half of whatever you write is gibberish.
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Zombie putter, never mind me perishing for breathing air You’ll blody perish if you linger around Whitebirk Winston’s fangs deeply embedded in your rear You’ll be screaming but the kutta, I mean dog, won’t shirk He’ll also eat what little you have between ear to ear[/p][/quote]God you are boring beyond belief, and for those of us who speak the Queen's English, half of whatever you write is gibberish. RK
  • Score: 5

11:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

superyob says...

George Khan wrote:
Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks
Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail
Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps
I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail
It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets
Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail
The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds
What a load of s##e! ENGLISH, please !
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Salaam putters, Whitebirk folk have no mail for three weeks Collective punishment enforced by the Royal Mail Because Winston the kutta, I mean dog, bites when it leaps I think this kutta, I mean dog, has a highly charged tail It’s time to deem the tail limp and have safer streets Winston needs to perish if delivery of letters are to prevail The chubby little terror must not add to his deeds[/p][/quote]What a load of s##e! ENGLISH, please ! superyob
  • Score: 4

8:24am Tue 11 Mar 14

s4awx123 says...

As benefits are played direct into bank accounts their is no need for a postman.
As benefits are played direct into bank accounts their is no need for a postman. s4awx123
  • Score: 0

9:56am Tue 11 Mar 14

blackburn1 says...

Coun Tony Humphreys if you are so outraged by the whitebirk residents not receiving their post, why don't you go to the sorting office and deliver it to them. If this dog had bit a child and drawn blood it would have been put to sleep why is it any different that it bit an adult.
Coun Tony Humphreys if you are so outraged by the whitebirk residents not receiving their post, why don't you go to the sorting office and deliver it to them. If this dog had bit a child and drawn blood it would have been put to sleep why is it any different that it bit an adult. blackburn1
  • Score: 2

10:23am Tue 11 Mar 14

George Khan says...

RK and superyob, both twin dogs
Stop growling and barking about the English language
You think you’re real blody clever clogs
When Winston gets hyper-charged and all excited
Both of you will be whining and walking wounded
And you’ll never walk again the same
Anyway RK is a little groomed sausage dog
I think Winston will stuff him till he’s completely lame
RK and superyob, both twin dogs Stop growling and barking about the English language You think you’re real blody clever clogs When Winston gets hyper-charged and all excited Both of you will be whining and walking wounded And you’ll never walk again the same Anyway RK is a little groomed sausage dog I think Winston will stuff him till he’s completely lame George Khan
  • Score: -2

11:53am Tue 11 Mar 14

rudis_dad says...

Why have the police not confiscated this dog? Surely it breeches the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act?
Why have the police not confiscated this dog? Surely it breeches the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act? rudis_dad
  • Score: 0

3:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

BlackburnBadger says...

Bluenose_in_exile wrote:
Well well no surprise to see the type of dog.
About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners.
Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.
I'll thought comment. I used to have a paper round in Lammack when I was a teenager and the most territorial snappy dogs I always found to be dogs like westies. Stafffs are excitable dogs and Winston has more than likely been pulling the post through the letter box, believe me if he was trying to harm he could have had his hand off not simply drawn blood. I do think the owner has been slightly irresponsible in allowing the situation but to not deliver post to the whole street is ridiculous because of a little accident.
[quote][p][bold]Bluenose_in_exile[/bold] wrote: Well well no surprise to see the type of dog. About time dog licences were re-introduced, at a proper level, say £200 a year, excluding pensioners. Would get some of these crappy dogs off our streets.[/p][/quote]I'll thought comment. I used to have a paper round in Lammack when I was a teenager and the most territorial snappy dogs I always found to be dogs like westies. Stafffs are excitable dogs and Winston has more than likely been pulling the post through the letter box, believe me if he was trying to harm he could have had his hand off not simply drawn blood. I do think the owner has been slightly irresponsible in allowing the situation but to not deliver post to the whole street is ridiculous because of a little accident. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

s4awx123 says...

phil kernot wrote:
Why do. People get dogs more powerful than thay are simple as that , was a bit ott , I think all dog owners should register there dog and pay a fee for insurance in case of the dog injuring Somone or another animal , should be no insurance no dog ,,,
Because they are thick
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Why do. People get dogs more powerful than thay are simple as that , was a bit ott , I think all dog owners should register there dog and pay a fee for insurance in case of the dog injuring Somone or another animal , should be no insurance no dog ,,,[/p][/quote]Because they are thick s4awx123
  • Score: 1

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