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Secondary school places to be allocated today

Pupils sitting exams at a secondary school Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Thousands of future secondary school pupils across London today will find out whether they have been allocated a place at the state school of their choice.

Many Local Education Authorities will begin sending out letters to parents today in what's become known as 'National Offer Day'.

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London firefighters battle large blaze in Catford

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters are currently tackling a fire at a pub under refurbishment on Doggett Road in Catford, London Fire Brigade said.

Firefighters led four people to safety from the building who were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but there were no reports of any serious injuries.

Most of the roof, half of the second floor and part of the first floor of the building is reportedly on fire.

Firefighters from Greenwich, Lee Green, Bromley, Forest Hill, Lewisham, Bromley, East Greenwich and Orpington fire stations are at the scene.

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Man held by passers-by arrested on suspicion of rape

The attack happened on Caledonian Road near Sturmer Way Credit: Google Maps

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after two passers-by caught him allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Islington.

Specialist police officers are now trying to trace the victim who left the scene before police arrived, following an attack this morning.

Officers were called to Caledonian Road, near Sturmer Way, just after 2am.

On arrival, they spoke to two members of the public who had detained a man after allegedly catching him sexually assaulting a woman.

The man had attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by the two men - one of whom witnessed the attack.

The victim of the sexual assault is described as a white woman aged between 22-27 years with curly hair. Police are urging her to contact them immediately.

The 28-year-old man detained by the two men was subsequently arrested by police on suspicion of rape and has been taken to a north London police station for questioning.

The victim and suspect are not believed to be known to each other. The investigation continues.

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Cooper: Security services' hands were tied by May

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper claimed the security services' hands were tied for nearly five years by Mrs May's "wrong" decision to scrap powers to move terror suspects away from their extremist networks.

Relocation powers have been reintroduced by the coalition this year but Ms Cooper called for the security services to immediately brief the Intelligence and Security Committee on how the loss of the measures might have affected their work.

This would allow MPs to review whether the loss of relocation powers had led to more British jihadists travelling to Syria and Iraq and more radicalisation in the UK.

Cooper: Security services' hands were tied by May Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Ms May told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show:

I think [the security services'] hands have been tied I think by the Government. I think we should have had the control orders in place across this Parliament which we haven't had because they removed some of the powers, and I think that has caused them more problems.

It's taken them five years, five years of us arguing, five years of security experts arguing that this was the wrong approach.

And so I think that the fact that Theresa May could take the decision to remove those relocation powers against all that expert advice, against the arguments that were made in Parliament, I think was the wrong thing to do. We do need to know more about whether that has increased the risk as a result, about what difference it's made to some of these very serious cases.

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