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Solicitor General in clear over dog mess row

Vera Baird
Vera Baird is a well-known dog lover

Police have decided not to take any action against a government minister who rowed with a train passenger after her dog fouled a railway platform.

British Transport Police (BTP) were called after the passenger challenged Solicitor General Vera Baird at London's King's Cross and a row ensued.

The Redcar MP's puppy fouled a platform at the station in October.

But after a six-week investigation into the altercation the BTP has decided not to take any action over the argument.

Mrs Baird, a well-known dog lover who had another pet which won the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition in 2004, said she asked cleaning staff at the station for help.

I have received an apology from the BTP and as far as I am concerned the matter is closed
Vera Baird, Solicitor General

But a mother with her young child confronted her over the mess and an angry row erupted.

BTP officers were called to the scene by worried bystanders and a police community support officer (PCSO) spoke to both women.

Mrs Baird said: "A member of the public complained to me and she and I had an argument.

"As it ended, a PCSO arrived and spoke to me. I complained to the BTP about his attitude.

"I have received an apology from the BTP and as far as I am concerned the matter is closed."

A BTP spokeswoman said: "BTP was called to King's Cross rail station around 1915 GMT on Sunday, 25 October after a report of an altercation between two women near to one of the station's platforms."

She said following an investigation "a decision was taken not to proceed further".



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