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Boris Johnson's £320,000+ water cannons sold for scrap for £11,000

Johnson bought the cannons in 2014 as mayor of London even though police forces were not allowed to use them

THREE water cannon on which Boris Johnson blew more than £320,000 of London taxpayers’ money have been sold for scrap for £11,000.

Mr Johnson bought the water cannon from Germany in 2014 when he was London mayor, even though police forces in Britain were not allowed to use such weapons against protesters.

The ban was reinforced by then home secretary Theresa May a year later.

Current Mayor Sadiq Khan said today that “we have managed to finally get rid of them,” after it was revealed that they have been sold to a Nottinghamshire firm that will dismantle them and export the parts.

The machines cost £322,000 to buy second hand and then refit, including £3,109.20 for “signage” and £970.50 for fitting radios and CD players.

Mr Khan said: “For too long, London taxpayers have had to bear the brunt of Boris Johnson’s appalling botched water cannon deal.

“This has been another waste of taxpayers’ money by Boris Johnson. Londoners continue to live with his vanity.”

The £11,025 salvaged from the former mayor’s extravagance with Londoners’ taxes will go towards youth projects tackling serious violence.

Mr Khan added: “I am pleased we have managed to finally get rid of them and I made an election promise to Londoners that I would claw back as much of this cash as possible and pump it into helping young people at risk of being affected by crime and giving them better life opportunities.”


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