Commenting on the Home Secretary’s decision to refuse permission for water cannon use in London, Labour’s London Assembly Policing spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:
“I welcome that the Home Secretary has seen sense and decided to block the use of water cannon in London. Water cannon are dangerous and bluntly indiscriminate weapons which have no place on the streets of our capital city.
“Boris Johnson’s militant posturing has already meant hundreds of thousands of pounds wasted on these now defunct weapons. It’s time for the Mayor to accept defeat and to sell off the water cannon before yet more money is unnecessarily spent on their upkeep.
“Refusing to give up the water cannon would show the Mayor is more interested in fighting with the Home Secretary than he in is taking London’s real policing needs seriously.
“As the Home Affairs Select Committee concluded after the 2011 riots, what London needs is more police officers on the streets, not water cannon which would have only inflamed the situation.”