May 15 2013
Enter the water cannon: Two years on from the riots that scarred Britain, hundreds of police are training at a secret base with a fearsome new deterrent
The Daily Mail
I spoke about this Water Cannon the other week.
Absolutely fucking disgusting.
Yet, all that the Daily Mails headline is missing is a fanfare.
There are plenty of better and much more needed things to spend £1.3Million on… And that is just the price of one.
And at the end of the day, its the real looters we need to get rid of… You know the thieving, out of control low life scum I mean. They can all be found in the houses of parliament… Useless cunts.
- London Met police are being trained to use brand new water cannon
- Weapon brought in for officers to prepare for G8 meeting this summer
- Up to 4,000 officers are being trained ahead of Northern Ireland gathering
PUBLISHED: 22:34, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 23:02, 14 May 2013
These are the first pictures of water cannon ready for use on the streets of Britain this summer.
The German-made weapon is at an Army base in Hampshire where, shielded from public view by several vast warehouses, police officers are being trained in its use.
Dozens of Met officers have been travelling to Longmoor base, near Petersfield, every day over the past fortnight.
Onlookers said policemen in riot helmets banged batons on plastic shields during gruelling drills.
Meanwhile colleagues played the role of a mob of rioters who were drenched with cold water fired out in short bursts.
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The cannon, a custom-built Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000, was quietly brought in from Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 talks next month.
Up to 4,000 officers are being trained to use water cannon, ostensibly so they can work alongside colleagues across the Irish Sea at the talks at the Lough Erne resort at Enniskillen.
However, with police and officials close to reaching a deal about the purchase of three cannon for the mainland, the officers’ skills will be invaluable beyond G8.
The Home Office has signalled it approves of introducing water cannon ‘in principle’, but staff want more details about how exactly they will be used.
Critics believe the machines are a step too far. Some police chiefs say they are unsuitable and human rights lawyers fear they symbolise a creep towards more militant policing.
Calls for water cannon climaxed after the riots of the summer of 2011, which began in London and laid waste to parts of several cities. In the aftermath, Prime Minister David Cameron said ‘nothing is off the table’ to keep order in the streets.
In a report, a senior Met officer concluded ‘water cannon would be valuable in a few rare situations’.
A fleet of six water cannon was used against stone-throwing mobs during the Ulster Troubles and in the marching season, and the machines are in use on a large scale in Germany, Northern Ireland, Belgium and other parts of Europe.
There have been reports of them causing serious injuries, including broken bones and a ruptured spleen.
A protester was blinded in Stuttgart three years ago when he was hit full in the face by a blast of water.
The Metropolitan Police, senior Whitehall officials and the Association of Chief Police Officers all played down the prospect of introducing water cannon to British streets.
It is understood the Met wants control of two of the vehicles. Jenny Jones, a Green politician who scrutinises the Met, said the decision was being made ‘without any proper scrutiny’.
The Met said talks with the Home Office were ongoing.
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