A FUNERAL director has been fired after engaging in an inappropriate sex act with a colleague at a Newport funeral home.

Hamilton and Marshall funeral home fired the funeral director following an allegation of unprofessional conduct made against him and a temporary member of staff, the funeral home told the County Press.

The incident happened in February of last year, but was only reported in November, when a member of the public made the allegation.

The funeral home immediately suspended the man pending investigation and terminated the employment of the temporary member of staff.

A spokesperson for Hamilton and Marshall said: "He has not been at work or conducted funerals since.

"Following an investigation, they admitted that an inappropriate sex act took place on our premises in February 2018 and he was dismissed on January 31.

"The female member of staff also no longer works for us."