Metropolitan Police buys first water cannon

Water cannon being used in Belfast in 2001  Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where water cannon are currently used

Related Stories

Contracts for the purchase of water cannon by the Metropolitan Police have been exchanged, London's deputy mayor for policing has confirmed.

Stephen Greenhalgh confirmed the mayor's office for policing and crime has paid £216,000 for the three machines from Germany's federal police.

The water cannon will not be deployed until the home secretary authorises their use in England and Wales.

A Home Office spokesman said a decision would be taken in due course.

At the Police and Crime Committee at the Greater London Authority, members of the London Assembly questioned why London was buying equipment which the German police now viewed as defunct.

Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh said the machines were "perfectly adequate", had gone through safety checks and were value for money.

Earlier this month, London Mayor Boris Johnson gave the force the go-ahead to buy the second-hand machines.

The mayor's office said purchasing the cannon now before Theresa May approves them, meant they could be bought at a "considerably reduced rate".

A Home Office spokesman said the use of water cannon in England and Wales was "still being considered" by Home Secretary Theresa May and "a decision will be taken in due course".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites



17 °C 12 °C


  • PlanesTest of nerve

    WW1 fighter pilots who navigated using a school atlas

  • Pauline Borghese Behind closed doors

    Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris

  • A baby holds an adult's fingerSmall Data

    The time when the average age of death was zero

  • Vinyl record pressing in AustraliaVinyl vibe

    Getting into the groove with Australia's last record maker

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.