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London Mayor offers to be blasted by water cannon to demonstrate they are safe

Published on Jun 11, 2014 7:36 PM

LONDON (AFP) - London Mayor Boris Johnson offered on Wednesday to be sprayed by water cannon to demonstrate that they are safe, after buying the riot control equipment for the capital despite having no permission to use it.

Water cannon were routinely used to disperse crowds during the civil unrest in Northern Ireland but have never been used on mainland Britain, and the issue is contentious.

After a wave of rioting in London in August 2011, the police said there could be limited use of water cannon in any future unrest, but the government is still considering the issue.

Despite the lack of official approval, Mr Johnson has agreed the purchase of three second-hand vehicles from the German police, in a deal which he said could not wait any longer.

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