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May rules out water cannon use in England and Wales

Police will not be able to use water cannon to control serious public disorder, Theresa May has confirmed.

Police use water canon in the Cloughfern area of Newtownabbey, Belfast, in 2013. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Home Secretary said she had decided not to authorise forces in England and Wales to deploy the Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000.

The Metropolitan Police has said it is "naturally disappointed" by Theresa May's decision.

The move could pave the way for a row after London mayor Boris Johnson approved the purchase by Scotland Yard of three of the cannon second-hand from German police last year at a cost of more than £200,000.

Theresa May: Around 40 terror plots foiled since 7/7

Around 40 terror plots have been foiled in the last 10 years in the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Theresa May speaking to the BBC. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

Mrs May confirmed that the Government was expecting more British fatalities after a deadly attack on a Tunisian beach resort left at least 15 Britons dead.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show about the threat facing the UK, the Home Secretary said: "Yes, a number of plots have been stopped.

"Over the last ten years it's estimated that something like 40 plots have been disrupted here in the UK."

She said the security services have had to cope with a more "diverse" threat from extremists since the London bombings in 2005, including the possibility of lone wolf attacks.

Theresa May: Illegal workers' pay plan is fair

Home Secretary Theresa May has defended plans to seize illegal workers' wages, saying radical action was "only fair" to British workers.

It was revealed today that police will be enabled to seize the wages of illegal workers as proceeds of crime under new proposals set to be included in next week's Queen's Speech.

Speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain, Mrs May said: "I think it's only fair to working people, to people who are out there working hard and paying their taxes, that we do deal with people who are here illegally, who have no right to be here in the UK and should be leaving the UK."

Mrs May said the Tories' general election win would enable stronger action on immigration, but refused to comment on whether new figures released today would show an increase in migration.

Watch: War of words between Theresa May and police

The Home Secretary received her customary frosty welcome at her annual address to the Police Federation today, but if looks could kill, its chairman Steve White would not be long for this world.

The PFEW chair's jokes at her expense met with applause from the audience, and a murderous look from Ms May, who went on to promise further deep cuts to the police.

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Theresa May announces review into crime targets

The Home Secretary is to launch a major independent review into police crime and performance targets.

She wants to "bring transparency to where, how and why targets are being used, and analyse the impact of targets on police officers’ ability to fight crime".

She said: "Information is critical to management and scrutiny. But there is a world of difference between the proper use of data to manage performance and the improper use of arbitrary targets.

"A police force [was] allegedly so intent on meeting Home Office targets about car theft and burglary that it ignored hundreds of young girls being abused in Rotherham and Sheffield."

Theresa May promises more police cuts

The Home Secretary has warned of further cuts to police funding in the UK, telling the Police Federation that "delivering more with less can be challenging and difficult".

However, she rubbished reports "that we'll be 'forced to adopt a paramilitary style' of policing in Britain".

She told rank-and-file officers: "I have to tell you that this kind of scaremongering does nobody any good - it doesn't serve you, it doesn't serve the officers you represent, and it doesn't serve the public."

Theresa May accuses police of 'crying wolf' on cuts

Theresa May addresses the Police Federation Credit: Police Federation

The Home Secretary has told the annual Police Federation conference that they need to stop scaremongering over their complaints about spending cuts.

In a speech, Theresa May said: "For your sake and the thousands of police officers that work so hard each day, this crying wolf has to stop."

She also said that more savings would have to be made in police budgets, saying reform "needs to go much deeper".

Pointing to the Independent Crime Survey, she added that crime had fallen by as much as 25% in England and Wales, despite the cuts already made.

Her comments met with frosty reception on Twitter, with many officers criticising her words.

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