Woman 'beheaded in garden' in London

Published Thursday, 04 September 2014
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A woman is believed to have been beheaded in the back garden of a house in London.

Woman 'beheaded in garden' in London
A man has been arrested over the woman's death. (© PA)

Police said the victim was found in the Nightingale Road area of Edmonton in north London shortly after 1pm on Thursday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: "On arrival officers discovered a female collapsed in a garden area. A man has been detained and remains in custody.

"At this very early stage we are not in a position to give further details."

Police have added that it is too early to speculate about the motive behind the attack - however it is not believed to be terrorist-related at this stage.

A firearms officer suffered a broken wrist in the course of arresting the man.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, who is leading this investigation, 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.

"Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related."

Specialist detectives are expected to remain at the scene in north London for some time.

Detective Chief Inspector Sandlin added: "Specially trained family liaison officers will be deployed to support the family; we request that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Darrin in Belfast wrote (50 days ago):
What are us humans turning into totally sickening stuff going on
Jim in Carrickfergus wrote (50 days ago):
What ever comment you could make would only been seen as bigoted i just hope this is not been yet another murder in the name of religion.
peter in uk wrote (50 days ago):
seems strange though that this happens in the uk following 2 videos of beheadings recently. so even if it is not directly related. it could be still linked that the perpetrator has seen these terrorist clips. after all how often in england do beheadings take place!
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