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

'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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