Woman Found Beheaded In Back Garden Named

Picture released by the Metropolitan Police of Palmira SilvaSky News

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 82-year-old woman was beheaded in broad daylight in a suburban back garden.

Palmira Silva, a widow believed to be of Italian descent, was found at an address in Edmonton, north London just after 1pm after police received reports of a man with a knife in Nightingale Road.  

Other potential victims escaped in what appears to be a random attack, Sky sources say.

The scene of a reported stabbing in Edmonton, north London: Pic: @redbutdred
Police and ambulance crews are at the scene. Pic: redbutdred

Police say they do not believe there is a terrorist motive but have not confirmed if Ms Silva, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was beheaded.

Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “They haven’t confirmed that the woman has been beheaded, refusing at this stage to discuss the injuries she’s suffered.

“But we are on very good sources reporting the fact that the woman was found decapitated and police are certainly not telling us that we’re wrong in doing that.”

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Police officers at the scene of the stabbing

Witnesses reported seeing a man running around the area as police arrived and he was seen attacking a car.

The first report police received said a man was attacking an animal, a cat or a dog.

One local resident, who did not want to be named, described seeing a man brandishing a machete and shouting about cats.

Forensic investigators prepare to examine a property in Edmonton where a woman is thought to have been beheaded earlier.
Sky sources say it was a random attack

The Metropolitan Police said the suspect was cornered in a house by officers after moving through a number of back gardens.

Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford said: “Officers who attended the scene have evacuated a number of those people from those premises to make them safe.

“During that period they distracted the man from carrying out any further attacks.”

The scene of a reported stabbing in Edmonton, north London
Witnesses reported seeing a man running around the area

An attempted attack on two people at another address in Nightingale Road is also being investigated. Police say they believe they were able to get out of the house without being injured.

One witness has told Sky News a man was “fighting” with police.

The suspect was detained by firearms officers and taser stun guns were fired.

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It is not known what weapon was used

One officer was injured during the arrest and is believed to have suffered a broken wrist.

The man was injured in the arrest and is being treated in hospital, where he is under guard.

Police will then determine whether he can be interviewed.

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A police officer was injured as the man was arrested

A weapon has been recovered but police have not revealed what it was.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, who is leading the investigation, described it as a “a highly visible attack in broad daylight”.

He said: “I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.”

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Police described the incident as a “highly visible attack”

Residents are still waiting to be allowed back into their homes and the road remains cordoned off as forensic officers continue their work.

Ms Silva’s next of kin have been informed.

A neighbour who knew her said she was “such a sweet lady” who went to work every day in a nearby cafe.


2 thoughts on “Woman Found Beheaded In Back Garden Named

  1. Britain! Run away or be arrested for defending yourself. Thank god we (some of us) still have that right and can use weapons to defend ourselves and our families.

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