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Man accused of beheading grandmother pleads 'insanity'

Palmira Silva was at home when she was attacked. Credit: Met Police

A man accused of beheading a grandmother with a machete in her back garden has denied the crime.

Nicholas Salvador, 25, is accused of killing Palmira Silva, 82, outside her home in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, north London, last September.

During a brief hearing at the Old Bailey, jobless Salvador, of Gilda Avenue, Enfield, north London, entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Mrs Silva "by reason of insanity".

He also denied a second charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, citing the same reason.

He was remanded in custody until a two-day trial fixed to start at the Old Bailey on Monday June 22.

Mrs Silva reportedly moved to London from her native Italy with her husband Domenico six decades ago. They married and had a daughter, Celestina, and a son, Rino.


Man rushed to hospital after London building collapse

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering injuries in a building collapse in central London.

A London Ambulance spokesperson told ITV News paramedics treated the man for head and hip injuries before he was taken to the Royal London Hospital.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed a 56-year-old man had been taken to hospital.

Pictures taken at the scene showed an air ambulance nearby.

LSE students urged to 'stay clear' of area

Students at the London School of Economics have been evacuated and told to "stay clear" of the area after a nearby building collapsed.

Preeti Singh tweeted an image of students evacuating the library after the incident:

Dramatic photos show scale of damage after collapse


Hundreds evacuated as London building collapses

Hundreds of people have been evacuated after a building in central London collapsed.

The scene of the collapse in Holborn. Credit: London Fire Brigade

The six-storey building, on the junction of Serle and Portugal Street in Holborn, collapsed on Monday evening.

It was currently under demolition, London Fire Brigade said.

Around 200 people from the building site and surrounding properties have been evacuated, the brigade added.

DJ Neil Fox denies nine sex offences

DJ Neil 'Dr' Fox has pleaded not guilty to nine sex offences against six people, including three girls under the age of 16.

The 53-year-old, from Fulham, London, faces seven counts of indecent assault and two of sexual assault dating back to 1991.

Fox has denied the charges Credit: PA

The Magic FM presenter - who has been suspended since his first arrest in November - appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court to enter his plea.

The six complainants were aged between 14 and 36 at the time of the alleged attacks.

Fox is accused of indecently assaulting the young girls between 1991 and 1996, with one assault claimed to have taken place at Chessington World of Adventures.

The other attacks are alleged to have taken place between 2003 and last year.

Fox was granted bail until the next hearing on April 30.

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