Notts business buys Boris’s £320k water cannons – for £11,000

Three water cannon for use in riot control bought by Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London have been sold.

The vehicles were purchased by Mr Johnson as potential crowd-control measures following the 2011 riots.

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They were sold for £11,025 to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd who will dismantle them and export the parts.

Current Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “we have managed to finally get rid of them”.

The Home Secretary at the time, Theresa May, banned their use in riot situations in 2015, and later used the story to ridicule Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race after David Cameron tended his resignation.

They cost £322,000 to purchase second-hand and then a refit programme was planned.

The sale was announced as details were revealed of 72 youth projects that will receive the latest round of grants from the Young Londoners Fund.

The schemes, which are aimed at diverting young people away from crime, will receive a share of £13.2m. Projects include the Ben Kinsella Trust, Redthread and Football Beyond Borders

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