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Johnson's 'botched' water cannons sold for scrap

Three water cannons bought by former London mayor Boris Johnson have been sold for £11,025 in scrap value, a loss of more than £300,000.

Johnson bought the vehicles from the German police in 2014 after the 2011 London riots but Theresa May – then home secretary – refused to allow them to be used.

They have been in storage ever since with attempts to sell them having until now been fruitless.

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Johnson bought the machines for £85,000 and spent an extra £240,000 on their renovation, despite their use being illegal in the UK.

They have been on the market since December 2016 and have now been sold to Reclamations (Ollerton) for £11,025.

Johnson’s successor Sadiq Khan said the money raised would be invested in youth projects.

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. 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.”


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