Boris Johnson orders water cannon for London

Water cannon being used in the Ardoyne area of Belfast Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Mayor's Office has confirmed Boris Johnson authorised the highly-controversial purchase of water cannon - despite not yet getting the go-ahead from the Home Secretary.

City Hall says buying the German vehicles now will mean savings of £2.3million compared to buying new water cannon and ensures they are ready as soon as possible'.

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Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead to buy water cannon

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has decided to go ahead and buy water cannon despite lacking authorisation from the Government.