Hunt for witnesses to death of Peter Maine continues

Police will tomorrow revisit the spot where solicitor Peter Maine died in a bid to trace key witnesses

CCTV footage of Peter Maine running through Durham
CCTV footage of Peter Maine running through Durham

Police will tomorrow revisit the spot where solicitor Peter Maine died in a bid to trace key witnesses.

It is two weeks since the lawyer was found dead from stab wounds while out jogging in Durham city.

Officers from the investigation team will be at Maiden Castle sports centre and at the Baths Bridge area of Durham City between 7am and 12pm to speak to members of the public. Runners, walkers and cyclists in the area will be asked questions by officers to try and identify if anyone has any useful information.

The father-of-two, who lived in a £650,000 house on the exclusive gated Wynyard estate near Stockton, had parked his Range Rover in Durham’s Old Elvet at 7.25am on Sunday, September 1. The 56-year-old set off on a run that took him past Baths Bridge and onto a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre.

That was where a passing cyclist found him just after 8am, bleeding from three stab wounds to his chest. Mr Maine was confirmed dead shortly after he arrived at the University Hospital of North Durham.

A murder-style investigation has been under way since and police say they are treating his death as ‘suspicious and unexplained’.

Mr Maine, who previously worked at Hall & Co LLP in Easington Colliery, was part of a long-running and complex probe over alleged £170m “sale and rent back” scam involving Gateshead firms North East Property Buyers and Newcastle Home Loans. Senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Steve Chapman said: “As it will be two weeks exactly since Peter’s death I am hoping the activity of the investigation team at and around the place where Peter was found may prompt anyone who might have been in Durham City on that Sunday morning and seen Peter to come forward. In the two weeks since Peter’s death we have had a positive response to appeals for information and several people have contacted us with information.

“Any information provided to my officers on Sunday may be helpful in assisting us in building up a clear picture of what happened.”

Some of the cordoned off areas around Maiden Castle sports centre and the riverbank area should reopen to the public at the weekend with some searches continuing. Contact the incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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