Woman discovered beheaded in north London

Detectives have launched an investigation following the death of a woman who was beheaded today.

Armed police responded to an emergency call at 1pm today September 4th in Nightingale Road, North London.

Police received reports of a man armed with a knife, local officers and armed officers responded to the incident and discovered a woman collapsed in a garden having been beheaded.

Police have arrested a 25 year old who was detained by firearms officers at the scene. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

A firearms officer was injured during the incident and suffered a broken wrist, police deployed taser to assist with the detention of the male.

At this stage it is too early to speculate on possible motivation, however police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

DCI John Sandlin, who is leading this investigation, said:

“This is was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street. I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.

“Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.

“Local officers and specialist detectives are at the scene and will remain there for many hours to come.

“Specially trained family liaison officers will be deployed to support the family; we request that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

The Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.