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US police ramp up security at British sites across New York

The NYPD says police are concerned about copycat attacks but there is no specific threat to New York City.

Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament. Picture: CNN

NEW YORK – Police in New York have ramped up security at British sites across the city after a terror attack outside the British Parliament.

On Wednesday, five people were killed and 40 others injured in the heart of Westminster by a man who first drove a car into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer.

The attacker was shot dead moments later.

The homeland security department says it will lend support to Britain’s investigation of the attack.

Heavily-armed officers and sniffer dogs have been stationed around various locations in the city including the British consulate and the British mission to the United Nations, as well as Grand Central Station.

The NYPD says police are concerned about copycat attacks but there is no specific threat to New York City.

Police have previously boosted security at prominent sites around the city after large-scale attacks in Paris, Brussels and San Bernadino in California as precautionary measures.

WATCH: Witnesses describe 'horrendous' London attack

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)