Anyone looking for an upgrade for the garden hose? Or a special Christmas gift for the green-fingered loved one in your life? You're in luck. Sadiq Khan is selling the water cannons bought by his predecessor, Boris Johnson.
The crowd-control devices 'languished in storage for two years' according to Khan, speaking at Mayor's Question Time earlier today. The cannons, purchased by Khan's predecessor Johnson for £218,000, proved a damp squib, as the former Mayor didn't bother asking then Home Secretary Theresa May if he could legally use them to douse aggy Londoners. May promptly slapped a ban on the blasters, which never saw the light of day. Now, they're up for sale.
Tempted, but not sure if a third-hand riot control cannon is for you? Since their purchase, they've been spruced up a little, with the Met spending almost £1,000 installing a CD player on each one, presumably so riot police could listen to 'It's Raining Men' as they suppressed demonstrations.
So, if you're a European police force or civil protection authority looking for a set of sweet-sounding water cannons, this could be your year.
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