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Woman 'found beheaded' in London garden

world Updated: Sep 05, 2014 02:55 IST
London police

A woman has been found beheaded in a back garden in north London with police saying the killing was not related to a terrorist act.

The body was found in Edmonton after police were called just after 1pm (1200 GMT) by residents who had seen a man armed with a knife.

British media reported that the woman had been beheaded. While police would not confirm that, they did rule out any terrorist connection to the killing.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

Police forensics personnel examine the scene on a street in Edmonton, north London. (AFP photo)

Detective chief inspector John Sandlin of Scotland Yard said officers were not looking for anyone else over the incident.

"This was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street," he added.

"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."