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Offline thaiga

Woman beheaded in London attack
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:26:02 AM »
An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a London garden by a man with a machete on Thursday (London time)

Forensic investigators prepare to examine a property in Edmonton where the woman was found dead. Photo: Getty Images

Palmira Silva, a widow and grandmother, was decapitated outside her house in an apparent frenzied assault by a 25-year-old man who randomly targeted victims.

Witnesses said they saw the man, wielding a foot-long blade, attack a passing vehicle and a cat before roaming back gardens for a victim. Police believe the man also tried to attack two people at another home in the street, but they were able to escape without injury.

The man was arrested after armed police, who had distracted him to avoid other attacks, cornered him in a house and brought him down with a stun gun. Some officers were injured.

Local Lauren Perkins told the Enfield Independent: "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."

One line of inquiry for detectives is understood to be that the man was inspired by recent footage of terrorists beheading two American journalists in Syria.

Some residents of the area, in Edmonton, north London, claimed last night that the suspect was a local man who had converted to Islam last year, but those claims could not be verified. Detectives said they had ruled out terrorism as a motive for the killing.

Witnesses described a dramatic police operation in which officers smashed windows of neighbouring properties, carrying screaming children and leading terrified residents to safety.

One neighbour told of her narrow escape and said she believed the attacker was a local man.

Freda Odame, 30, a catering worker, said she heard a commotion and pulled back her curtains to see a black man in his mid-twenties with a knife.

"Someone was shouting and the door was banging. I could hear the screaming but I could not hear what he was saying," she said.

"I could see that he had a big curved knife, about the size of an arm's length and he was crouching as if frantically searching for something ... He had a crazed look in his eyes so I closed my curtains because I was scared.

"I have seen him around here all the time, I think he lives on the road. I think he lives with his family," she said.

"I was just so very scared. Five minutes after I heard him screaming the police knocked on my door and told me I had to get out."

Sue Mahadooa, 50, a neighbour who saw police cars screech to a halt outside her home, said officers were running down the street shouting at people to get out of their homes.

Officers with battering rams began breaking down front doors and smashing windows to help residents to safety, unaware of which property the killer was in.

Ms Mahadooa said the property where it is believed the woman was killed in the back garden is split into three flats and police were desperate to get residents out of the building without sending them into the corridor of the house.

"These officers ran up and started trying to help these two children and a woman out of the little top window of the ground floor," she said. "The woman couldn't get through the window so they started smashing the bigger one, but then I saw them get her out of the front door.

"She was very frightened. The kids were crying and looked very scared. There was clearly something awful going on inside the house."

George Stylianou, another neighbour, said: "Policewomen were sprinting past us and screaming at us, 'Get back - you don't understand how dangerous this man is'.

"Then we saw that policemen were running along the road dragging women and children out of windows - they had to smash windows to drag women out."

Earlier one witness had tweeted: "Madman on the loose with a machete in Edmonton."

Ricardo Kwiek, 23, a taxi driver, described how he saw a young man fighting with the police after officers stormed a property. He said the man was bundled into a van.

"He wasn't giving up. I could see loads of police fighting with him. They all piled on top of him and arrested him."

Commander Simon Letchford, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Officers who attended the scene evacuated a number of those people from those premises to make them safe.

"During that period they distracted the man from carrying out any further attacks."

He said his officers had done "everything they could to evacuate people from those premises" and that "clearly they were aware of what had happened and they put themselves in extreme danger to protect the public, to ensure that his behaviour was stopped as soon as it possibly could be".

The man was last night being treated for minor injuries suffered when he was arrested.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline thaiga

Re: Woman beheaded in London attack
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 04:06:44 PM »
Edmonton beheading: Police saved children, as man attacked woman in her London garden

Armed police helped save two young children by plucking them from inside their home after a man believed to be armed with a machete beheaded a woman in a back garden of a residential street.

Palmira Silva, 82, was found dead behind a house in Edmonton, north London, after the armed suspect ran through a number of back gardens in the street after attacking a cat and a car with a knife.

Officers cornered the suspected killer inside one of the houses and arrested the man after a scuffle when officers fired a Taser.

As news of the killing emerged there were immediate fears it could have been a copycat or revenge attack for the beheadings of American journalists by Isis, but Scotland Yard said there was no suggestion that the attack was terror-related.

There was also no indication of anybody else being involved, the force said. It added that while formal identification has yet to take place, its officers were satisfied that the 82-year-old was the victim discovered in Nightingale Road.

Senior officers declined to speculate on the motive for the attack although there were suggestions online that the man was a well-known figure in the area of Edmonton, north London.

It was not clear whether it was a random attack. The 25-year-old suspect was being treated for his injuries during the arrest and police declined to say if he was under the influence of drugs, alcohol or suffering from any medical condition.

In a fast-moving incident just after 1pm, dozens of police cordoned off the street before shouting at people to leave their homes, according to witness.

One man, who watched the operation unfold, said that officers smashed windows and pulled two young children through a small window at the front of one house in Edmonton, north London.

“When I saw two cars of armed police coming down then we knew it was really serious,” said Khairul Islam, a taxi firm boss.

He said he thought the family being evacuated were of Afghan origin.

“There were people inside the houses. I saw two children – aged about three and five or six – come out from a small window on the ground floor.

“They smashed the window and police pulled them through the window. Then I heard later that the guy was arrested.” He said that he also saw a woman rescued from the house.

Police officers distracted the man to stop him from attacking anyone else while they evacuated families on the road, said Commander Simon Letchford of the Metropolitan Police. They cornered him inside one of the houses and one of the officers is believed to have broken his wrist during the scuffle, he said.

“They did everything they could to evacuate people from those premises. Clearly they were aware of what had happened and they put themselves in extreme danger to protect the public, to ensure that his behaviour was stopped as soon as it possibly could be,” said the officer.

Locals said that police went round the houses ordering them to leave. Muhammed Yusuf said, “Police knocked on the door and 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.”

Silva's family have been alerted.

The arrested man is currently in hospital. Police will decide after he has been treated when he can be interviewed.

Police Statement On London Killing.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Nicholas Salvador accused of 'beheading' Palmira Silva
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2014, 01:05:58 PM »
Nicholas Salvador accused of 'beheading' Palmira Silva

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 82-year-old grandmother Palmira Silva, who was killed in a suspected beheading in north London.

Nicholas Salvador, of Gilda Avenue, Enfield, is accused of killing Ms Silva, who was found in a garden behind a house in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, on Thursday.

Mr Salvador is also charged with assaulting a police officer.

He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Police had found Ms Silva's body after being called to the area following reports that an animal had been attacked.

Officers evacuated nearby homes before the suspect was Tasered. One officer suffered a broken wrist.

Mr Salvador was taken to hospital and was kept under police guard before being questioned by officers and charged on Friday.

Neighbours have paid tribute to Ms Silva, an Italian widow who ran a cafe in Church Street, near Edmonton Green station.

Sylvia Lewis said: "She was a lovely lady, she didn't have a bad bone in her body."
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Re: Woman beheaded in London attack
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 05:52:32 AM »
Something is seriously amiss in dear old Britain.
The dreadful murder of Palmira Silva posted in September by Thaiga was just appalling.
Yesterday I thought about Ms. Silva again - reading of the murder in Class of a much loved teacher - Ann McGuire. PC Britain is also in this focus, as apparently, the loony murdering boy had been threatening this action publicly for a while.
Reports also of a highly educated and privileged Banker in Hong Kong having murdered two young Ladies in Hong Kong.
I don't look for such news items - I daresay, there are many more incidents involving such brutality.
There is a new viciousness apparent in daily life in the UK. Why - Who knows ?
The progressive decline of family life ? The declining influence of the staple religions ? Constant violence on TV, Cinema and computer games ? Facebook PR instead of real communication ? Growing disparity of income and wealth ? - Really.........who knows ?
It is just totally shocking.