82-yr-old Italian woman ‘beheaded’ in London

An 82-year-old Italian woman murdered in London on Thursday was beheaded by her killer, UK media reported on Friday.

82-yr-old Italian woman 'beheaded' in London
Palmira Silva, 82, was murdered in north London on Thursday. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Palmira Silva was found dead in a garden in Edmonton, north London, on Thursday lunchtime.

Police discovered the elderly woman’s body after being called to the residential street following reports of a man wielding a knife and attacking an animal.

One witness told the BBC he had seen “a guy with a machete with blood dripping from it”, next to a headless cat.

London’s Metropolitan Police would not give details of the attacker’s weapon or Silva injuries, although British media said she had been beheaded.

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Silva’s family said she was of Italian descent although have not given details of where in Italy she was from and how long she has lived in London. The UK's Evening Standard newspaper reported that she was born in Italy and had run a café in London for more than 30 years.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man close to the scene, who is currently undergoing medical treatment and being held on suspicion of murder. During the arrest one of the police officers was injured and is thought to have a broken wrist.

Authorities said it was “too early” to determine a motive for the murder, stressing the attack was not terrorist related.

“These sort of events on our streets during the day in residential areas are very, very unusual and not common,” Commander Simon Letchford told journalists.

The Metropolitan Police said they were also investigating an attempted attack on two people in the same street. 

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‘No exceptions’: Italy and UK warn England fans against travel to Rome for Euro quarter final

The Italian government on Wednesday reminded England fans not to travel to Rome for Saturday's Euro 2020 quarter final match against Ukraine amid ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions.

‘No exceptions’: Italy and UK warn England fans against travel to Rome for Euro quarter final
Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP

Italy is expected to increase checks and strictly enforce its quarantine rules amid concerns that thousands of people could arrive in Rome from the UK for the match despite the country’s travel restrictions.

All arrivals in Italy from the UK have to quarantine for five days and take two coronavirus tests under current health measures – but there are reportedly concerns that some fans will be unaware of the rules.

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“I am clear and unequivocal – the English fans will not be able to come to Italy to watch the match at the Olimpico against Ukraine on July 3rd,” Andrea Costa, a junior Italian health minister, told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli on Wednesday.

“There are five days of quarantine, the rule must be respected. We cannot take risks. If an English fan leaves today, he won’t see the game. Same for those who left yesterday.”

The Italian Embassy in London also said in posts on its social media channels on Wednesday that “Fans travelling to Euro 2020 matches are not exempted” from Italy’s quarantine rules.

Meanwhile, UK Trade Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan said: “our request is to support the national team from your home, to cheer in front of the TV as loud as you can”.

Italy’s Interior Ministry is reportedly planning to step up police checks at airports and train stations and road checkpoints in case fans attempt to travel, Italian news agency Ansa reports.

Ansa cited government sources who said the quarantine rules “will be enforced to the letter” and “no exceptions will be granted”.

England fans living in Italy on Wednesday were scrambling to buy tickets for the match after the FA stated that it aimed to “facilitate as many ticket sales to English residents in Italy as possible” while fans in the UK were unable to travel.

Dozens of readers contacted The Local on Wednesday asking where they could get tickets, after UK media reports stated that the British Embassy would be distributing them.

The FA had stated that it was “working with Uefa and the British embassy in Italy” to facilitate sales.

However, the British Embassy in Rome confirmed to The Local on Wednesday morning that it “is not selling or distributing tickets for the match on Saturday in Rome”.

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The British Embassy said in a statement to The Local: “Under the UK Government’s traffic light system Italy is currently listed as an amber country.

“The UK Government’s travel advice clearly states that fans should not travel to red and amber countries to protect public health in the UK from new Covid variants.

“The Italian authorities are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry into Italy. Its current guidance states that from June 21st, people travelling from the UK or those who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must self-isolate for 5 days upon arrival in Italy, after which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for Covid-19 and test negative for release.

“This means that fans travelling from the UK to Italy after June 28th will not arrive in time to be able to watch the Euro 2020 quarter-final in Rome on July 3rd 2021.”

Britain is experiencing a surge in new coronavirus cases, blamed on the Delta variant that was first detected in India.