South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies spent a morning out with the Royal Mail recently – to learn about the dangers postmen and women face.
The visit was part of the Royal Mail’s “walk a mile in a postie’s shoes” initiative – with the aim of improving engagement between the post service and local communities.
Between April 2016 and April 2017 – there were more than 2,700 dog attacks on postmen and women in the UK – while others have suffered other forms of antisocial behaviour.
Since May 2014 – the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act has given postmen and women legal protection if they are attacked by a dog in public or on private property.
Setting off from Royal Mail’s depot in Llandow – Mr Davies joined Haydn Thomas on his round in Llanblethian.
Haydn has been with the Royal Mail for 19 years – and prior to delivering Llanblethian – he was previously Mr Davies’ own postman in St Hilary.
Mr Davies said, “I would like to thank the Royal Mail for inviting me to visit – and Haydn for letting me join him on his round.
“Having been our own postie – I have known Haydn for many years – and it was great to have a hands on experience of the work our postmen and women do.
“They are obviously subjected to many dangers and hazards – and “walk a mile in a postie’s shoes” is a fantastic way to learn more about them. It was certainly an eye opener and I would urge all residents to think about this – since there are now legal protections in place.”
[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies joins Haydn Thomas on his delivery round in Llanblethian]