Suspect charged with attempted murder after woman was attacked in the street with 2ft-long samurai sword

Brave police officer saved woman's life by tackling maniac who slashed her with samurai sword Woman is seriously hurt in random sword attack in north LondonAhla Timofei, 25, will appear in front of magistrates tomorrow Police praised a lone officer who bravely tackled the man Local residents described hearing the woman scream 'like an animal' | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 26 December 2012 A man who attacked a woman with a samurai sword was tackled to the ground by a brave police officer. After he was overpowered, a bag he was carrying was found to contain a bizarre arsenal, including a crossbow, samurai-type swords, hunting knives and gas masks. An unarmed police sergeant, based in Islington, North London, went to the scene of the random assault in Holloway Road early yesterday to find the victim, a 22-year-old Italian, bleeding heavily on the ground and a man brandishing a sword.

Holloway Road attack: Man, 25, arrested after woman seriously hurt in "unprovoked" sword attack on north London street

Hunting knives, gas mask, crossbow and mallet: Terrifying haul of weapons 'found on man who attacked woman in the street with 2ft-long samurai sword' Woman is seriously hurt in random sword attack in north London early this morningA man was found at the scene with swords, a cross bow, hunting knives and a gas maskThe 25-year-old is currently being questioned by detectivesPolice today praised a lone officer who bravely tackled the man Local residents described hearing the woman scream 'like an animal' | UPDATED: 17:58 GMT, 24 December 2012 A man armed with a Samurai sword, a cross bow and several hunting knives has been arrested after a woman was seriously hurt in a random street attack this morning. Residents living close to the scene in Holloway Road, north London, described hearing the woman screaming 'like an animal' as she was slashed repeatedly with a two foot long sword.

Comic book fan Tanis Baker arrested by armed police after dressing up as "ninja superhero" with wooden sword to "help fight crime"

Downfall of a Ninja: Vigilante in black on mission to fight crime with wooden sword and smoke bombs – till armed police and helicopter swoop on him Tanis Baker, 21, dressed as a ninja to 'strike fear in the hearts of criminalsHe was arrested after officers who spotted him became concernedHe was soon surrounded by armed police, dogs and a helicopter Two hidden rucksacks containing smokebombs and costumes found after arrest | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 13 December 2012 Lurking in the shadows in his body armour and balaclava, neighbourhood vigilante and self-styled ninja Tanis Baker considered himself the eyes and ears of the police. Until, that is, he was spotted loitering in a park by an officer who mistook the black-clad crimebuster’s trusty wooden sword for something more lethal. Within minutes the officer had called for back-up and – as Baker retreated towards a children’s playground – a police helicopter, armed officers and dog handlers were all scrambled.

Sword-pistol "brandished by Lord Nelson" at Battle of Trafalgar goes up for auction

Sword-pistol 'brandished by Lord Nelson' at Battle of Trafalgar goes up for auctionSilver-mounted DB flintlock tap-action weapon expected to fetch 15,000Discovered in possessions owned by his closest friend Alexander DavisonAuctioneer: 'Pistols of this period and quality do not often come up for sale' | UPDATED: 18:02 GMT, 6 December 2012 'Truly exceptional': This sword-pistol, which is believed to have been used by Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, is going up for auction A sword-pistol thought to have been brandished by Lord Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar is set to fetch up to 15,000 when it goes up for auction tomorrow.