A woman has been beheaded in a back garden and a police officer injured after a man reportedly went berserk with a machete today.
Specialist firearms officers were deployed to an address in Edmonton, north London, just after 1pm. There they found the victim collapsed in a garden. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 25-year-old man was detained by firearms officers near the scene. One firearms officer was injured during the arrest and is believed to be suffering from a broken wrist.
A Taser was discharged by officers. Scotland Yard has confirmed the man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody. He is also receiving medical treatment after sustaining injuries in the arrest.
There is no suggestion that the killing had any terrorist motive and it is not known whether the woman was his intended victim.
Eyewitnesses had reported seeing a ‘madman with a machete’ in the area around lunchtime.
Sky News reports that other potential victims fled in a car from the area where the attack took place.
It is believed they escaped the scene in a Blue Ford Focus car, which reportedly made it only a few hundred yards before it was stopped.
Some also said they saw the man killing cats.
Two ‘crying and screaming’ young boys were lifted out a window by police from a house where the woman was allegedly beheaded.
Taxi firm manger Kharul Islam, 40, saw the officers being handed two boys aged around three and seven out of the window and then led to safety as they tried to raid the house in Nightingale Road.
They surrounded the front and back door and asked a woman in the house to pass out the weeping children.