Formal request from Mayor to arm Met with water cannon

Boris Johnson has writted to the Home Secretary supporting a request fron the Met Police for water cannon.

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  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Home Secretary urged to refuse water cannon request

The London Assembly is urging the Home Secretary to refuse the Mayor's request for a water cannon licence.

The Mayor’s plan to purchase water cannon for London is wrong, he has rushed through his consultation, has failed to explain why they are needed and yesterday used dodgy statistics to claim there is widespread support for their introduction.

I’m deeply concerned that the Mayor is rushing the purchase of water cannon without a proper public debate. There is still confusion over the reasons behind the purchase of water cannon and exactly how the process of their deployment will work.

– Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Labour Police and Crime spokesperson

Your views: Should water cannon be used in London

Met Police are a step closer to being armed with water cannon in London. Good or bad? Let us know by tweeting us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page.

Colin Simpson Water cannons are used in Northern Ireland whenever there's rioting - as Northern Ireland is part of the UK, if it's not allowed to be used in London, then the same should apply for Northern Ireland.

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Boris Johnson 'not read report' into use of water cannon

Liberal Democrat Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon says the Mayor reached his decision today despite not reading the Police and Crime Committee report.

  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

'Broad support amongst Londoners' for water cannon

The Met is planning to buy three second hand water cannon from German police at an estimated cost of £200,000.

Boris Johnson spoke at City Hall this morning Credit: Press Association

Speaking this morning, Boris Johnson said: "I have concluded there is broad support amongst Londoners for the use of this measure by the police in limited circumstances."

The majority of the 25 Assembly members - including Conservatives - are opposed to water cannon.

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