North London beheading 'not related to terrorism'

North London beheading 'not related to terrorism'

The reported beheading of a woman in north London today is not believed to be a terrorism-related attack, police have said.

A woman was found in the garden of a property in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, on Thursday afternoon by local officers and an armed response team responding to initial reports that a man was attacking a cat or a dog. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Press Association reported that the woman was beheaded and numerous outlets have suggested the attacker used a machete. Police have neither confirmed nor denied these details.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being treated in hospital for his injuries ahead of questioning.

Officers used a Taser during the man's arrest, while a firearms officer sustained a suspected broken wrist.

Police were forced to evacuate houses in the area while the man was cornered in one of the properties and distracted by officers.

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