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Rob Greig

Sadiq is flogging Boris Johnson's water cannons (and they now come with a CD player)

Josh Mcloughlin

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.

In other news, they've scrapped the charge for the toilet Victoria and Charing Cross stations.

And London is no longer the cocaine capital of Europe.

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