Woman Beheaded in London By Crazed Machete-Wielding Attacker

A woman was beheaded in at a house in north London this afternoon, with witnesses reporting that a man then went "on the loose with a machete".

Police have named the woman as 82-year-old Palmira Silva, adding that they found here dead at the scene and have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the incident. 

At a press conference at 1730 BST Commander Simon Letchford said police were called at 1307 today after a man had been seen attacking a 'dog or cat', and later seen attacking a car. When police arrived on the scene they found a womanin a garden who was declared dead at the scene. 

Police say the suspect, a 25 year old male is now in custody at a local hospital receiving treatment for wounds sustained during the course of his arrest. He will be assessed by psychiatrists, tested for drugs and questioned by Homicide and Major Crimes officers. One officer is reported to have broken his wrist during the arrest. 

In the "fast moving and difficult situation" police evacuated residents from houses in the street and caused distractions to prevent him carrying out more attacks as he moved from residential garden to garden. He was eventually cornered and disabled in a house. 

The officer conducting the press conference re-assured the public that "these events on our streets are very unusual and not common", and "based on what we know, we do not believe this was a terror related incident"

DCI John Sandlin, who is leading the investigation, earlier said: "This was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street. I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage... Local officers and specialist detectives are at the scene and will remain there for many hours to come."

It has been reported that the killer targeted more than one person, with other victims attempting to flee the scene in a car. A silver-grey Ford can be seen inside the police-cordon area with visible damage, and a smashed window. 


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