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Crowd control: Chemical gas & water cannons on London police wish list


London Police may soon get access to water cannons, CS gas and even more Tasers as a means to tackle pesky troublemakers. The demand for a stronger force was unveiled in a Scotland Yard report analyzing the police response to last August’s riots.

In a matter of months, life for your run of the mill London protester could get a bit more complicated once London police get their hands on water cannons. The purchase of water cannon vehicles – at a cost of about $1.6 million – is being already debated. The British press reports the Government has already signaled that it will foot the bill.

Currently, the controversial water cannon have only been used in Northern Ireland but never on the British mainland. The review suggests it is "widely recognized as an effective tactic to disperse and distance aggressors".

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