Water cannon bought by Boris Johnson sold for fraction of cost
Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the sale on Monday to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd, who will dismantle them and export the parts.
Three water cannon bought and refurbished for more than £320,000 while Boris Johnson was London Mayor have been sold for just £11,025.
Current Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Monday that “we have managed to finally get rid of them” as it was revealed they had been sold to a firm that will dismantle them and export the parts.
The machines were bought by Mr Johnson from Germany in 2014 – crucially before their use had been licensed on the UK mainland.
Then-Home Secretary Theresa May banned their use in riot situations in 2015, and later used the purchase to ridicule Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race after David Cameron resigned.
For too long, London taxpayers have had to bear the brunt of Boris Johnson’s appalling botched water cannon deal Sadiq Khan
The machines cost £322,000 to purchase second-hand and then refit – including £32,004 for low emission zone compliance, £19,035 for re-painting, £3,109.20 for signage, and £970.50 for the fitting of radios and CD players.
They have now been sold to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd, who will dismantle them and export the parts.
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.”
It is understood that as prime minister Mr Cameron privately indicated he would license water cannon if there were a repeat of the 2011 riots.
A source close to Boris Johnson said: “In the wake of the London riots, with a worrying rise in knife crime and with his hands tied by the political decisions in the Home Office, Boris made tackling crime his number one priority.
“During his time as mayor he reduced the murder rate by 50% and brought overall crime down by 20%. This is a legacy the new mayor has sadly been unable to match.”
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, aimed at diverting young people away from crime, will receive a share of £13.2 million and include the Ben Kinsella Trust, Redthread and Football Beyond Borders.