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Military vehicle restoration company splashes out £3,100 on RUC 1970 water cannon

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A police water cannon used to control riots during the Northern Ireland “Troubles” has been sold on eBay.

The fortified vehicle – in need of restoration – is said to be the last surviving model.


Twelve bidders wanted the former Royal Ulster Constabulary 1970 Foden Pyrene truck.

It was bought for £3,100 by the military equipment firm Allsops of Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Jonathan Allsop said:

“It was an impulse purchase.

“I had never seen one before.”

“We have had a lot of enquiries; a lot of people have come forward and told us about the engine.

“It has restoration potential and to be quite honest it should be restored.”


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