Postmen boycott house in Leeds after cat attacks

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Mail deliveries have been stopped to a house after postal workers were attacked by an elderly cat, Royal Mail confirmed today.

Over the past few weeks 19-year-old Tiger has attacked three people delivering at his home.

Now Royal Mail has told owner Tracey Brayshaw her pet is aggressive and it is not delivering any more post to the house in Farsley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The black-and-white cat, which is 93 in human terms, sleeps for 20 hours a day, but is always ready to pounce on unsuspecting postal workers and chase them down the garden path, Mrs Brayshaw said.

The 43-year-old pharmacy dispenser said she cannot believe her cat has now been labelled a health and safety risk.

She told the Yorkshire Post: "If Tiger climbs up a tree he is done in for the rest of the day. We've had him since he was a kitten. He has never done anything like what they say he has done before."

The service has been suspended for two weeks and Tiger's tricks are forcing Mrs Brayshaw to collect her mail from the local sorting office.

She said: "It was funny at first but it is going a bit far now."

In a statement, Royal Mail said : "We are sorry for the inconvenience to Mrs Brayshaw and, as we want to resume delivery of mail to her address as quickly as possible, we're trying to agree a way to do this and avoid our employees suffering further nasty injuries, as has happened three times already."