Water cannons 'not wanted in West Yorkshire'

Mark Burns Williamson

Mark Burns Williamson

First published in News

Police chiefs appear to have ruled out any potential future use of water cannon on the streets of Bradford.

In the UK, water cannon is currently approved for use only in Northern Ireland, but the Metropolitan police and the London mayor, Boris Johnson, are pressing the case for water cannon to be deployed in the capital as soon as the summer.

A number of the county’s largest police forces have said they are against deploying water cannon on their streets, and that view has now been echoed in West Yorkshire.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “Both myself and the Chief Constable have agreed using water cannon is not something we want to pursue on the basis of both community safety and costs, therefore very much echoing what the other PCCs have said this week.

“I do not believe contributing to such equipment in the time of such severe Government cuts should be a priority for West Yorkshire Police.”

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