Disabled Farnworth woman left without post after Royal Mail claim postie was bitten by dog
A DISABLED woman from Farnworth has been unable to receive mail for more than three weeks after a female postal worker refused to deliver to her home.
Tina Young, a 48-year-old widow, of Westminster Avenue, has had no post since the delivery woman claimed one of two dogs at her home had bitten her.
The dogs originally belonged to Mrs Young’s cousin, Mark Holliday, aged 32. A fence has now been erected at Mrs Young’s home to keep the dogs away from visitors.
But she is unable to receive medical forms or benefits and is missing a number of bill payments because her post is still not being delivered.
Mrs Young says she has called the Royal Mail in Bolton and was told she would be “wiped off” the system and put back on again.
She expected to receive mail by last Thursday but has not yet received anything.
Mrs Young said: “I’m not getting anywhere. I’m just being pushed from one door to another.
“I’ve got no money, I can’t go for my medical, I can’t pay my bills. I’m ill, I’m diabetic and I’ve been depressed. This has caused me a lot of stress.
“I’m frustrated and disappointed. The manager at Royal Mail told me they’d taken me off the system three weeks ago and put me back on but I’ve had nothing yet.”
When the incident happened, Mr Holliday went outside to investigate, and says the postal worker claimed she did not know which dog had bitten her.
It is alleged to be either Rex, a rottweiler/labrador cross or Princess, a husky/labrador cross. Mrs Young claimed neither dog was a danger. She said: “They’ll jump up on you if they don’t know you, but they wouldn’t bite you.
“When Mark and I went outside after we heard the woman shouting, but we couldn’t see a bite mark on her arm. We saw a claw mark, but nothing bad.”
Mr Holliday’s dogs are still at Mrs Young’s house after he recently became homeless.
He said the ordeal had affected him and Mrs Young greatly and insisted his dogs were not violent.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for any distress and inconvenience resulting from this temporary suspension.
“We only suspend deliveries as a last resort and will be speaking to Mrs Young again to ensure a speedy solution can be found which will enable us to resume deliveries to her home.”
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