Witnesses have said that an Edmonton man known locally as “Fat Nick” is the perpetrator behind a frenetic rampage that saw a cat’s head lopped off and people on Nightingale Street in North London attacked, before it culminated in the death of a “lovely” grandmother. Other locals hid in their houses and police were forced to smash windows to get them to safety.

The suspect, who was seen wielding a long, curved blade, possibly a machete, ended his terrifying assault by killing Palmira Silva, an 82 year-old grandmother. After police were called to the scene at approximately 1pm yesterday, they found the body of the 82 year-old collapsed in the back garden of a house and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Fat Nick" is said to have converted to Islam four months ago

“Fat Nick” is said to have converted to Islam four months ago

Friends of the 25 year-old “Fat Nick” have said that he reported to Islam around four months ago. Despite the recent beheading of two US journalists by IS terrorists in Syria, the police have stressed that there is no apparent connection between the suspect’s knife spree and terrorism.

Witnesses who fled from the attack said that a man had been seen in his own back garden, waving a machete and shouting out: “Where are the cats?”

Another witness, who lives two doors down from the suspect’s house, said: “I heard a scream. My partner and I went to our window and saw this guy with a machete, with blood dripping from it. I then saw the cat without a head. It belonged to his mum, I think.

Palmira Silva was 82

Palmira Silva was 82

“The man was prowling up and down. It was his own back garden. He had recently grown a beard and looked terrifying.”

The murder suspect was detailed by police using a Taser; he is still in hospital under police guard.

Police said forensic officers would be working at the scene for hours

Police said forensic officers would be working at the scene for hours

Palmira Silva was a mother-of-two and had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; she worked in a local cafe and residents of Edmonton are shocked by her death.

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