Det Insp Lyn Peart, Durham Police.
Detectives investigating the death of a solicitor found with stab wounds near the River Wear in Durham have released descriptions of two people they'd like to hear from. The people were in the area near where he was found on the morning of September 1st.
Male, at about 7.50 am, walking towards Shincliffe opposite the Maiden Castle sports centre. Dressed in black combat trousers.
Male/Female jogger, at about 8.15 am running over Maiden Castle bridge with two black medium sized dogs. Wearing long sleeved red top and black shorts.
Peter Maine set off jogging from Old Elvet at about 7.40 on sunday the first of september and was found at around 8 o'clock. No one has yet come forward to say they've seen him in that 20 minutes.
An inquest into the death of a solicitor found with stab wounds in Durham City has been opened and adjourned.
Peter Maine was found dead on a path where he had been running close to the Maiden Castle sports complex on Sunday, September 1.
In a brief hearing, the coroner said a post mortem showed Mr Maine died from stab wounds to the chest. The case has been adjourned until November.
Officers investigating the death of a solicitor who was stabbed while out on a morning run in Durham say they have CCTV footage of a couple they want to trace.
The footage shows a couple walking on North Bank towards Baths Bridge from the direction of the city.
The man is wearing dark long-sleeved top and dark trousers. The woman is wearing dark trousers and a red long-sleeved top.
– Detective Inspector Lyn Peart
"We know this couple walked along towards where Mr Maine was found and left the Maiden Castle area as the ambulance arrived.
"We are yet to speak to this couple and would encourage them to contact us."
More to follow.
Police say they have traced a vital witness as part of the investigation into the stabbing of solicitor Peter Maine.
Peter Maine had been stabbed in the chest on a footpath alongside Durham University’s Graham Sports Centre.
The 56-year-old father-of-two had been running in the area.
Police are stopping passers-by in Durham, in an effort to discover more about the death of a solicitor exactly two weeks ago. Peter Maine was stabbed while out on a morning run. He died later.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman from Durham Police is leading the investigation. He explained why his officers had returned to the area a fortnight after Mr Maine's death:
Police are stopping passers-by in Durham city this morning, in their efforts to find new information over the death of a solicitor.
Peter Maine was stabbed in the chest exactly two weeks ago, as he went for a morning run near Maiden Castle sports centre. The 56 year old died later in hospital.
Exactly two weeks after a solicitor was stabbed while on a morning run, officers are returning to the scene to speak to people in the area.
Peter Maine, who was 56, was found with stab wounds to his chest near Durham's Maiden Castle sports centre on Sunday, September 1st. He died later in hospital.
Mr Maine, who lived in Wynyard village near Stockton, had parked his Range Rover in Old Elvet just before half past seven and set off for a run when took him past Baths Bridge and onto a footpath opposite the sports centre.
Detectives will be speaking to runners, cyclists and walkers in the hope they can help with the investigation.
Mr Maine, who was a solicitor, was being investigated by police for alleged fraud. He was also facing prosecution from The Solicitors' Authority.
Police investigating the death of a solicitor who was stabbed while out on a morning run, will return to the scene as their search for witnesses continues.
Peter Maine, who was 56, was found with stab wounds to his chest on a path near Durham's Maiden Castle sports ground around 8am on Sunday 1st September. He died in hospital.
Officers from the investigation team will be at the sports centre and Baths Bridge area between 7am and midday on Sunday.
They will be asking runners, cyclists and walkers whether they have any information that may be useful to the enquiry.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman from Durham Police said:
"As it will be exactly two weeks 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."
Mr Maine, who lived at Wynyard, was being investigated by the police following allegations of fraud and was also facing prosecution from The Solicitors' Authority.
Police investigating the death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine will be talking to members of the public at the scene where he was found. They are hoping to find key witnesses.Officers from the investigation team will be at Maiden Castle sports centre and Baths Bridge on September 15.
Mr Maine, 56, from Wynyard village, parked his Range Rover in Old Elvet on September 1. He set off on a run opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre. A passing cyclist found him at 8am, with stab wounds to the chest. Mr Maine died at the University Hospital of North Durham.
A murder-style investigation is under way.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.