Posties bitten by dogs will have 'arm of the law' behind them
Posties in Gloucestershire will have the arm of the law behind them next time they are bitten by a dog.
Extra legal protection for postal workers, health visitors and utility engineers is being proposed under new Government plans.
In less than a year, some 3,000 posties were bitten by family pets across the UK.
In 2009, there were 30 injuries from dog bites reported to Gloucestershire's hospitals alone.
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But the plans will also protect householders from prosecution if their dog attacks a burglar or trespasser on their land.
It will also become compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.