Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq: I'll Sell Banned Water Cannons and Use Cash for Youth Services

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sadiq: I'll Sell Banned Water Cannons and Use Cash for Youth Services

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Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor

SADIQ Khan has said he will sell the Metropolitan police's controversial water cannons and use the money for youth services.

The Mayor said it "beggars belief" that City Hall was paying to store the devices which have been banned from use.

His predecessor Boris Johnson approved the purchase of three second-hand water cannons from Germany for more than PS200,000 two years ago.

Scotland Yard chiefs had said after the London riots that they wanted the policing tools at their disposal in the event of a future emergency.

But 12 months later Home Secretary Theresa May blocked a bid to allow their use on the streets of London on the grounds of medical risk.

Since then they have been stored at a site, understood to be the Met's training facility near Gravesend in Kent, where they are used for training purposes.

During his first State of London debate, Mr Khan said: "One of the deals Boris Johnson managed to do with the Germans was to buy three water cannon. …

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