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  1. Devices purchased under Boris Johnson were not approved for use in mainland Britain. Boris Johnson and Theresa May discussing water cannon in Parliament in 2015. Date - 19th November 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle The Met Police’s three redundant water cannon have been sold for scrap – after costing taxpayers more than £300,000. The devices were bought under former Mayor of London Boris Johnson before they were approved for use in mainland Britain. Then-Home Secretary Theresa May eventually refused to give permission for their deployment. Today the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced their sale to a scrapyard for £11,025. The cash will be invested in youth services. Mr Johnson approved the purchase of the vehicles for £85,000 in 2014 from the German Federal Police, following requests from senior officers in the wake of the 2011 riots. While his deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh claimed the deal had to be done swiftly as there were other interested bidders, Police Oracle revealed in 2014 that was not actually the case. In addition to buying them, the extra cost of refurbishing and storing the vehicles has seen the taxpayer spend £322,000 on the devices to date. 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.” The water cannon, bought in June 2014 only had an expected lifespan of five years. Despite this, former deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh called the sale “gesture politics” on Twitter, and claimed the devices he was involved in buying should still be used if necessary. View On Police Oracle

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