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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Urinating dogs could force closure of postbox

Published 30/09/2015 | 11:20

Royal Mail said dogs urinating on the postbox posed a health and safety threat to staff
Royal Mail said dogs urinating on the postbox posed a health and safety threat to staff

The Royal Mail is threatening to close a post box for "health and safety" reasons - as dogs keeps urinating on it.

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A large sign has been fixed to the red postbox outside the Co-Op store in Queen Square, Penzance, Cornwall stating that dogs repeatedly weeing on it poses a "significant health and safety risk".

If dogs persist to cock their legs on the postbox, then the Royal Mail will have "no choice" but to close the box permanently to "preserve the health and safety of our staff", the sign advises.

The Royal Mail said some of the dog urine was soiling mail inside the postbox because it was seeping through the hinges on the door.

Lucy Wilson, delivery manager at the Royal Mail in Penzance, said in the notice: "Please note: We have a Health & Safety issue with a number of dogs urinating against the box situated outside The Co-Op at Queens Street - box number 94.

"It is a significant Health & Safety Risk. It if continues, we will have no choice but to close the box permanently to preserve the health & safety of our staff."

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "The concern is that some of our customers' mail is becoming soiled due to dog urine getting into the box through the hinges on the mailbox door.

"The postbox will remain open, however we would encourage dog owners to act responsibly by not allowing their pets to urinate on the postbox.

"The notice will be taken down."

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