A postman has been told he can't wear a costume because it lacked ''sensitivity''.

Royal Mail Van

Royal Mail Van

Michael Nelhams, from Lincolnshire, has worn an inflatable suit that has a dog biting its rear on his deliveries to raise spirits during the coronavirus crisis, but he's been asked to stop wearing it by Royal Mail as postal workers are frequently bitten by dogs.

A Royal Mail Spokesman told the Louth Leader: ''On very rare occasions, we have asked colleagues to show sensitivity in their choice of costumes.

''Last year saw 2,484 dog attacks on postmen and women across the UK, some resulting in serious injury.''

Despite being told to ditch the costume, Michael is determined to keep the public happy.

He said: ''I'm still going out in fancy dress, (but) not wearing the dog-biting-bum costume.

''I'm keeping the spirit of my customers and making many people smile in these hard times in lockdown.''