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Commander Simon Letchford has just spoken to reporters at the scene. Story to follow shortly.
Press at the scene awaiting an official statement from police. http://t.co/Diu2dC2e8G— @BThainHarrow 04 September 2014
RT @danohagan: A beheading in Enfield? What on earth is wrong with the world? Violence and hatred at every turn.— @MartinJohnson94 04 September 2014
Reports now suggest it was a random attack
RT @katieejoness_: Don't feel safe living in Enfield at all 🚶— @sam0para 04 September 2014
What on earth is North London coming to? Two brutal murders in the borough of Enfield in less than 24 hours.— @ClaraaKelly 04 September 2014
RT @CAA_Official: Reports a woman has been beheaded by a man with a machete in North London, the world is dying from hate.— @jaireth231 04 September 2014
There's a very confused atmosphere in Nightingale Road right now.
Around 30 police officers are still heavily guarding the area at St Mary's Road and Goodwin Road.
Seven forensic officers were seen going into the house where the woman was beheaded five minutes ago.
The next door neighbour of the house where the attack took place, who wished not to be named, said: “I heard lots of screaming and shouting coming from next door.
“Then a guy with a knife was in our back garden. There was a lot of blood on the knife and he was just hacking away at stuff.
“It’s just unbelievable, I’m so shocked."
Lauren Perkins, who lived on Goodwin Road, said: “I was walking down the road when I saw a man with a big knife walking down the street.
“Then I saw some police come down and they told me to get off the road.
“I just can’t believe something like that would happen. It’s just so shocking.”
According to witness at the scene, a man was seen beheading cats with a machete in the moments leading up to the incident
There will be a media briefing on the events at 5.30pm.
I can't believe this disgusting news I'm hearing. How sad. #edmonton #beheaded 😦— @Lisa8701 04 September 2014
Witnesses say they saw police smashing windows of neighbouring homes and pulling women and children out away from the scene.— @BThainHarrow 04 September 2014
Forensic teams are now here in Nightingale Road investigating the scene. http://t.co/KYebZaoHYX— @BThainHarrow 04 September 2014
'Its too early to say if its a domestic attack or a stranger attack'But they are quick to rule it out as terrorist attack. Nightingale road— @Billy_Gudgeon 04 September 2014
To think that i lived near Edmonton and to see this happen makes me sad.— @ayesh4rk 04 September 2014
Our reporter Bruce Thain is at the scene.
He's spoken to several witnesses who saw the attack.
Here's his report: http://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/11454109.Woman_hacked_to_death/
Here's our latest story on events so far.
RT @Redbutdred: Madman on loose with a machete in Edmonton North London. Killed someone still not been caught...Sta safe peeps http://t.co/…— @Ayotomiwaa 04 September 2014
RT @Kent_999s: Not Kent. A woman's been "beheaded" in north London. Nightingale Road in Edmonton has been sealed off. Man arrested. http://…— @Maisiejanelukes 04 September 2014
Terrible news about the woman beheaded in Edmonton. Such sad news— @Kelly_E83 04 September 2014
woah.. beheading in Edmonton— @SafeeSaif 04 September 2014
The Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation. It is not being treated as a terrorist incident.
Police say it is too early to speculate on a possible motive, but they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the 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."
A 25-year-old man was detained by firearms officers close to the scene and arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this time.
One firearms officer was injured while the man was arrested, and is believed to have suffered a broken wrist.
The man was then tasered by other officers.
Police say they are not willing to comment on witness accounts that the victim was "beheaded", as they have not yet spoken to her next of kin. They are also not commenting on her injuries or the type of weapon or weapons that were used.
UPDATE: Met Police have confirmed they have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Nightingale Road, Edmonton.
Police were initially called at 1.07pm to reports of a man armed with a knife.
Local officers and armed officers responded. On arrival, officers found a woman, no further details at this stage, collapsed in a garden area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Last three updates from the Metropolitan Police via its Twitter account.
25yo man detained by firearms officers & arrested on suspicion of murder. 1 firearms officer injured during the arrest #edmonton
DCI Sandlin: Not yet spoken to the woman’s next of kin. We are not prepared to comment on the exact nature of the woman’s injuries #Edmonton
DCI Sandlin: Too early to speculate on motive behind attack - based on info currently available, this is not terrorist related #Edmonton
@metpoliceuk More information will be required to stop people kicking off.— @AmyxJean 04 September 2014
How brave are our @metpoliceuk having to deal with nutters wielding machetes!!— @miss9iron 04 September 2014
Woman beheaded on nightingale road!!! Helicopters are everywhere! Scary when ur working only 5 mins from it!!!— @GeorgieWilson89 04 September 2014
Reports that a woman has been beheaded in a garden in north London. Met Police have confirmed the death but not the method yet.— @ChristineBohan 04 September 2014
Police are still heavily guarding the area and people in the surrounding areas have been evacuated from their homes
I am in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, where police have tapped off most of the street.— @BThainHarrow 04 September 2014
Reporter Bruce Thain is at the scene in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, where a woman was beheaded at 1.07pm today
London Ambulance Service confirmed that it was called to reports of a stabbing in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, at 1.30pm.
The air ambulance were also called to the scene, but doctors pronounced the woman dead at 2.07pm.
Shocking news coming out of Edmonton. Sends chills down my spine!— @MrFatChance 04 September 2014
A man has been arrested after a woman was found stabbed in a garden.
Paramedics and police were called to Nightingale Road, Edmonton, to reports of a stabbing incident at 1.07pm.
They found the woman collapsed in a garden area.
A man has been arrested and remains in custody.