The woman found beheaded in a north London garden on Thursday afternoon has been named as Palmira Silva. She was 82.
According to the Evening Standard Ms Silva was a great-grandmother and is believed to be of Italian descent. Her body was found in the back garden of a house in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, after the armed suspect ran through a number of back gardens in the street after attacking a cat and a car with a knife. Police said while formal identification has yet to take place, its officers were satisfied that Ms Silva was the victim.
Police cornered the suspected killer inside one of the houses and arrested the man after a scuffle when officers fired a Taser.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital. Police will decide after he has been treated when he can be interviewed.
There is no suggestion the attack was terror-related.