This is Nicholas Salvadore, who is suspected of beheading Palmira Silva in Edmonton
Nicholas Salvadore has been charged with the murder of Palmira Silva in Edmonton

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 82-year-old Palmira Silva who was beheaded in north London.

Nicholas Salvador, of Gilda Avenue, Enfield, north London, is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court later today, Scotland Yard said.

He faces a further charge of assault on a police officer.

Ms Silva was decapitated in broad daylight in a gruesome attack in Nightingale Road, in the north London suburb on Thursday afternoon.

She was found collapsed in her back garden in Edmonton on Thursday before being pronounced dead at the scene.

Palmira Silva
Palmira SilvaSupplied by family

Armed police used a taser on the suspect during a struggle. Salvador was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The machete-wielding killer who beheaded the OAP also targeted two more victims in the attack.

Tributes have been paid to the elderly woman of Italian descent who ran a nearby cafe.

Dilek Solma, 19, who works next door, said: "I'm so upset. She was a very smiley lady, always had a smile on her face, and loved the community."