Water cannons on standby for summer riot

Water cannons on standby for summer riots –German-made water cannons are to be approved for use in mainland Britain within weeks, the Sunday Express understands. 05 May 2013 Home Secretary Theresa May is said to be in favour of their deployment by police for the first time outside of Northern Ireland amid fears of summer riots. Both the Metropolitan Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) have requested them to tackle any civil unrest caused by welfare cuts and June’s G8 meeting of world leaders. The cannons, which would revolutionise riot control tactics and mark a move towards tougher European-style policing, would be available to other forces as a „national asset“, Scotland Yard said yesterday. Talks are at such an advanced stage that the type of cannon they want to use has even been identified. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/397113/Water-cannons-on-standby-for-summer-riots