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Boris Johnson still wants to be blasted by water cannon

Boris Johnson says he still wants to be blasted by water cannon to demonstrate the weapon poses no risk to the public.

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If we're going to ask Londoners in these very, very remote eventualities, in these very exceptional circumstances to be exposed to the risk of water cannon, I think it probably is right that this novel use of crowd control should be properly tested and I said very clearly and very publicly I will have a go myself.

And I know there's a long queue of people who are only too happy to be pulling the trigger or whatever you do, firing the nozzle.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the water cannon would be rarely used and rarely seen

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the water cannon would be rarely used and rarely seen:

It's meant there as a fall-back and a contingency, but it's not going to be front and centre of our operations so we won't be talking about its operational deployment and we don't expect to see it deployed, I don't think, hardly at all really.

Our ambition would be for a generation it's not seen.

Three water cannon bought by Scotland Yard in a controversial £200,000 deal have arrived in the UK. Read more here.

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