AN art student who feared he had lost months of work after he left his design portfolio on a Metro has been reunited with his missing property.

David Byrne of the University of Sunderland was due to hand in his final year project just days after he realised his prized work had gone missing.

But thanks to vigilant Metro staff, the 31-year-old was reunited with just hours to spare.

David, of Elswick in Newcastle, said: “When I got the call from Nexus saying they had found my work, I was so relieved. I couldn’t believe it.”

The third year Illustration and Design student had spent more than six weeks pulling together one of his final projects which was due to be handed in last Friday.

On the Monday of that week he had been travelling home, getting on the Metro at University station in Sunderland at around 7pm, and disembarking at Central Station in Newcastle.

But it was not until David got back to his house that he realised he no longer had his portfolio of work.

David said: “At first I wasn’t sure where I’d left it, so I just started ringing everywhere. I called Nexus and left my details with them.

“I didn’t hear anything the next day and was starting to think I might have to start everything again from scratch.”

But the following day, David, originally from Sunderland, saw he had a missed call on his phone and when he rang back, Nexus staff told him that the portfolio had been found.

This meant David was able to get his work handed in on the Friday, as scheduled.

The student, who is planning a career in design and illustrating when he graduates in the summer, said: “I went and picked it up from South Gosforth depot. I’m so grateful to the Metro team, they were amazing.”