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Boris Johnson’s unused £320k water cannon sold for £11,000

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Three water cannon bought and refurbished by former London mayor Boris Johnson for more than £320,000 have been sold for just £11,025.

Mr Johnson purchased the machines second-hand from Germany in 2014 – before their use had even been licensed on the UK mainland.

Theresa May as home secretary banned their use in 2015 and ridiculed Mr Johnson for the purchase during the Tory leadership race.

Police using a water cannon during training. File pic
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Police using a water cannon during training. File pic

London’s current mayor, Sadiq Khan, said “we have managed to finally get rid of them” as it was revealed they had been sold to a firm that will dismantle them and export the parts.

The machines were bought used, but were found to be riddled with faults.

They underwent a refit that included £32,004 for low-emission zone compliance, £19,035 for re-painting, £3,109 for signage, and £970 for the fitting of radios and CD players.

Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd have now bought them.

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. 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.”

Boris Johnson has so far not commented on the sale.

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