Water cannon less lethal weapon

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your letter to the Home Secretary on water cannon dated 6 January 2014, you refer to water cannon as a "non-lethal tool", however, the background briefing by the Association of Chief Police Officers is clear that water cannon are a "less lethal" weapon as opposed to non-lethal because it accepts that water cannon are capable of causing serious injury or even death. Please could you explain why you chose to use the term "non-lethal" in your letter to the Home Secretary, rather than "less lethal"? Please could you also confirm that you disagree with the police's classification of water cannon as a "less lethal "weapon?


Answer for Water cannon less lethal weapon

Answer for Water cannon less lethal weapon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The water cannon that the MPS propose to purchase would operate under the rules and regulations used in Northern Ireland. There have been no reported injuries attributed to water cannon in Northern Ireland, nor fatalities.