Sadiq Khan to sell off Boris Johnson’s water cannons for £200,000
Three water cannons bought by Boris Johnson will be sold off for more than £200,000 without ever having been used, Sadiq Khan has announced.
As Mayor of London, Mr Johnson bought three second-hand water cannon in the wake of the 2011 London riots at a cost of £218,000.
Ms May announced this afternoon that she would not be approving their use, however, on grounds of safety, effectiveness, and their impact on the principle of policing by consent.
In her leadership launch speech yesterday, Ms May joked: “Boris negotiated in Europe. I seem to remember last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with three nearly new water cannon.”
Mr Khan said London was currently paying to store them, despite them not being able to be used and the cannons sale would raise money for youth services.
He said: “One of the deals Boris Johnson managed to do with the Germans was to buy three water cannon. What I’m going to do is sell them and use the money for youth services.
“This shows the inability of Boris Johnson to get a good deal – second hand, paid almost a quarter of a million pounds.
“We want to get rid of them. We are paying for storage facilities for these water cannon – that beggars belief.”