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Funeral for 'beheaded' grandmother Palmira Silva

Funeral cortege outside Silva's Cafe
Image caption The procession paused when it reached Palmira Silva's cafe

The funeral of an 82-year-old grandmother who was found decapitated in her back garden in north London has taken place.

Palmira Silva died from stab wounds to the heart and aorta, a post-mortem examination found.

Nicholas Salvador, 25, from Enfield, has been charged with Ms Silva's murder and assaulting a police officer.

Pink flowers spelling "Mum" were placed next to Ms Silva's coffin as it made its way through Edmonton.

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Image caption Palmira Silva was described as not having "a bad bone in her body"

The funeral cortege paused outside her business, Silva's Cafe, in Church Street.

At her funeral, retired businessman Roger Turley, 72, said: "She cooked my meals for 20 years.

"Rino, her son, rang me and he could hardly speak. He said 'My mother's had her head cut off' - what can you say to that?

"She could run that cafe on her own - didn't take notes, took the orders, remembered what people wanted, how they liked it cooked, and who they all were.

"She was a remarkable woman. This is a very sad day."

Brenda Eberson, 73, said: "I knew her well, she was a really beautiful lady. When my husband Peter and I would go past, she'd say 'Would you like to come in and have a cup of tea?'

"I'm so sad, I couldn't sleep when I was told."

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Image caption Mourners gathered in Edmonton for the funeral procession

Neighbours have previously paid tribute to the Italian widow.

Sylvia Lewis said: "She was a lovely lady, she didn't have a bad bone in her body."

Police had found Ms Silva's body earlier this month after being called to the area following reports an animal had been attacked.

Officers evacuated nearby homes before the suspect was Tasered. One officer suffered a broken wrist.

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