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Detectives are waiting to question an alleged knife attacker who remains in hospital under police guard after apparently beheading an 82-year-old grandmother.
The 25-year-old allegedly murdered Palmira Silva in Edmonton, north London yesterday, after killing a pet cat and rampaging through back gardens ranting about the animal.
An armed squad Tasered the knifeman as he struggled against officers leaving one with a broken wrist.
A picture of Palmira Silva, 82, who was killed in north London in an apparent beheading, has been released by the Met Police.
A man alleged to have beheaded an 82-year-old woman in her garden killed a cat beforehand, witnesses claim.
The witness, who did not want to be named, said: "There was a scream so I went to the windows and saw a guy with a machete with blood dripping from it. We saw a cat on the floor without a head."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they believed this to be the case but would not comment further on the case.
A neighbour who knew victim 82-year-old Palmira Silva said she was "such a sweet lady" who still went to work every day in a nearby cafe.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she had known her since 1987, adding that she was left "devastated" by the news.
Detectives are investigating an attack on two other people in the same London street where a woman was believed to have been beheaded. Police said that they believed both were able to get out of a house in Nightingale Road, Edmonton without injury.
Police investigating the death of a woman, thought to have been beheaded in Edmonton, London, have named her as 82-year-old Palmira Silva.
Residents said they had been told by police to evacuate their homes in Edmonton following reports of a man with a knife.
Muhammed Yusuf said officers knocked on the door.
He said: "They just said 'You've got to get out of the house'. Of course I was worried."
His son Ahmed,19, said: "At first there were two police cars, then all of a sudden there were 20.
"The police said to drop everything. I said 'What's going on?' and they said there's a guy jumping over gardens."
A Met Police commander has said that officers discharged tasers when arresting a man on suspicion of murder, after reports that a woman's body was found in a back garden in London.
Commander Simon Letchford said officers were called at 1pm this afternoon to reports of a man carrying knife. He said: "During the arrest officers did discharge tasers and at least one firearms officer has been injured with we believe a broken wrist."
Police say that the motive of the attack is still under investigation but reiterated that they do not believe it to be related to terrorism.
Police have recovered a weapon from the scene in Edmonton but would not confirm reports that the knife was a machete.