A woman who called police to say she was being "threatened" by "an African-American man" after a birdwatcher in New York's Central Park asked her to observe rules about keeping her dog on the leash has been fired by her employer.

The mutual fund Franklin Templeton tweeted that it had sacked Amy Cooper after shocking video of the confrontation emerged at the weekend.

It said: "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton."

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