A FIREFIGHTER is under investigation after he exposed himself in public.
A shocked passer-by contacted police after spotting Gary Teesdale baring himself as he sat in his car close to a Sunderland supermarket.
The 50-year-old, a watch manager based at Fulwell Fire Station, was quizzed over the incident by Northumbria Police, before being issued with a caution for exposure.
The embarrassing episode has led Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to launch an internal investigation into the incident.
The Echo understands the member of the public noted down Mr Teesdale’s registration number after spotting him in the car parked close to the Lidl food store on Salterfen Road, Grangetown, at 11.30am last Tuesday.
Officers then traced the firefighter through the details she provided.
He was then questioned and issued with the caution.
Northumbria Police says no more action will be taken.
However, Mr Teesdale’s bosses have confirmed they are now looking into the matter.
A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “We can confirm that an employee has received a police caution. The matter has been dealt with by the police.
“We will be investigating this matter in accordance with our procedures and taking any action as appropriate.”