Man charged with murder of 'beheaded' grandma

Police have charged 25-year-old Nicholas Salvador with the murder of grandmother Palmira Silva, who was 'beheaded' in her back garden on Thursday.

Salvador is alleged to have killed a cat before attacking the 82-year-old pensioner in Edmonton, north London in broad daylight.

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Police wait to question 'beheading' attacker

Detectives are waiting to question an alleged knife attacker who remains in hospital under police guard after apparently beheading an 82-year-old grandmother.

Police on Nightingale Road, Edmonton, north London, after the attack. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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.

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Man who 'beheaded' pensioner 'killed cat beforehand'

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.

Neighbour: Woman killed was 'such a sweet lady'

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.

Her husband died about five years ago. I think she came from Italy originally.

I was speaking to her yesterday. She was weeding in the front garden, she loved her gardening.

She was sitting having a rest.

I said 'You've been doing such hard work, your flowers are beautiful'. She said 'I know'.

I think maybe today she was in the back garden.

She was such a sweet lady. She was slow getting around but she still went to work. I think really after her husband died that's what kept her going.

– Neighbour

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.

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Edmonton residents told to evacuate after attack

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."

Police: Officers used tasers in arrest over 'beheading'

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."

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