A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a grandmother found dead in a lock-up at allotments in north London. Lea Adri-Soejoko, 80, was located by police less than 30 minutes after being reported missing from her home by relatives in the early hours on Tuesday.

Mrs Adri-Soejoko was discovered in a lock-up shed, for which she had a key, in Sheaveshill Avenue, Colindale, around 2am. She was confirmed dead at the scene, less than 100 yards from her home. Members of the Colindale Allotment Garden Association, where she was secretary, had contacted family members on Monday evening when she failed to attend a meeting.

Neighbours described the grandmother as “very friendly and very happy”. One said: “She was always looking after her plants and when I was growing tomatoes she would give me tips.” Rahim Mohammadi, of Goldsmith Row, Haggerston, was charged with murder on Sunday. He is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Enquiries continue.