Sadiq Khan to sell off Boris Johnson’s water cannons for £200,000

Posted On: 
1st July 2016

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.

Boris Johnson bought three second-hand water cannon in the wake of the 2011 London riots at a cost of £218,000.
Credit: 
PA Images

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.

Reluctance over water cannons among police and Home Office

Ken Clarke: Michael Gove should drop PM bid after thwarting Boris Johnson

Michael Gove: Boris Johnson 'wasn't capable' of being Prime Minister

Lord Heseltine: Boris Johnson must 'live with the shame' of his actions

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.”