An eagle-eyed council worker has found himself the centre of attention.
Graham Bradley works in Durham County Council’s Clean and Green Team, helping to keep the streets of Durham City spic and span.
But it’s his impressive track record at reuniting people with their lost property that has won him praise.
As part of his job, he regularly finds items that people have accidentally dropped and has made it his mission to trace the owners and return their property to them.
His good deeds came to light after he returned someone’s driving licence and bank cards – paying the postage himself.
The grateful owner then contacted the council to pass on her thanks.
Graham’s boss, Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, said: “I contacted Graham to pass on the lady’s thanks and to thank him myself, and it turns out this a regular occurrence.
“In the space of five weeks Graham has spotted no fewer than eight mobile phones in the city centre and he’s managed to reunite all of them with their rightful owners.
“We’re very grateful to Graham – as I’m sure are the people whose property he has returned – for his public-spirited actions.”
Graham added: “I love my job. It’s a pleasure helping people in this way – particularly because it’s expensive to replace valuable items like these.”