Investigation after Durham stabbing

Investigations are continuing into the death of a man in Durham City. He was found with stab wounds on the morning of Sunday 1 September.

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Police 'encouraged' by response to appeal over Durham stabbing

Detectives investigating the death of a former solicitor in Durham last weekend say they are following up a number of lines of inquiry thanks to calls from members of the public.

Peter Maine was found on a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre just after 8am last Sunday.

He was found to have three stab wounds to his chest and was confirmed dead shortly after being taken to the University Hospital of North Durham.

Police are continuing to treat his death as suspicious and unexplained, but stress they are keeping an open mind as to how he received his injuries.

“I am encouraged by the response we have had from people coming forward with information. We are working on a number of lines of enquiry, which include building up a picture of Peter’s lifestyle, his friends and associates and his movements in the 24 hours leading up to his death.

“Search teams are continuing to work methodically along the riverside and we are constantly reviewing all the forensic evidence and cctv footage obtained as part of our enquiries.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman

Full Report: Investigation continues after Durham stabbing

Police have released CCTV of the last moments of Teesside solicitor Peter Maine's life, just minutes before he died from stab wounds while jogging in Durham.

The footage reveals the last-known sighting of Mr Maine, whose death remains a mystery.

Last night poster appeals went up across the city, as police continue to try establish whether he was murdered.

Watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

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Full report: Police investigating Durham stabbing

A solicitor who was found dead with stab wounds on a popular running route in Durham City was being investigated by police for alleged fraud.

Peter Maine,56, from Teesside was discovered at Maiden Castle Sports Centre on Sunday morning where he had been taking his regular morning run.

Detectives are treating the case as suspected murder but say at this stage they can't rule out suicide.

Police comment on Durham stabbing enquiries

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a former solicitor who was stabbed three times in Durham.

Peter Maine, 56, was found dead near to a running track at Maiden Castle Sports Centre on September 1.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman, who is leading the investigation, said:

"Mr Maine's death remains suspicious but we have to keep an open mind as to how he came by his injuries.

"We have established a major incident room at police headquarters and we are committing the same resources we would for any homicide investigation."

– Det Ch Insp Steve Chapman, Durham Police

Durham stabbing investigation ongoing

Durham Police say 30 officers are now working full-time on the investigation into the death of a former solicitor.

Peter Maine, 56, was found with stab wounds on a path opposite the running track at Maiden Castle Sports Centre at around 8am on September 1.

Specialist search teams have been scouring the area, while officers spent this morning distributing posters of Mr Maine in the local vicinity. They are also gathering CCTV footage in the hope of gaining further information regarding his movements before his death.

Anyone with information regarding Mr Maine's death is being asked to contact Durham Police on 101.

Police searching site of Durham stabbing

Police investigating the death of Peter Thomas Maine, 56, who was found with stab wounds in Durham Credit: ITV

Police are continuing to search the site of where a man was found stabbed to death in Durham.

Peter Thomas Maine, 56, was found dead near a river at the Maiden Castle Sports Complex on Sunday morning.

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Stab victim was being investigated by police

Officers investigating the site where 56-year-old Peter Maine was found stabbed in Durham Credit: ITV

A solicitor who was found dead near a river in Durham was being investigated by police following allegations of fraud, according to reports.

Peter Thomas Maine, 56, had been out jogging when he was found with three stab wounds near Maiden Castle Sports Centre on Sunday morning. Police say no weapon has been discovered.

Mr Maine, from Wynyard, was also facing prosecution by the profession's Disciplinary Tribunal - The Solicitors' Authority. They said Mr Maine faced the hearing for allegedly carrying out transactions concerning a company which he should have known was "dubious".

Police appeal after Durham jogger death

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a solicitor from Stockton-on-Tees who had gone out jogging.

56-year-old Peter Thomas Maine, from Wynyard, was found with stab wounds near the running track of the Maiden Castle Sports Centre in Durham.

He was discovered just before 8am on Sunday.

Durham Constabulary said 30 detectives and staff are now working on the case and are keen to speak to anyone who saw Mr Maine that morning.

It emerged that Mr Maine was under investigation for fraud by Durham Police in connection with his job as a lawyer.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority had also launched an investigation into his conduct.

The police are distributing posters with a picture of Mr Maine in the hope it will prompt potential witnesses to come forward.

"Mr Maine's death remains suspicious but we have to keep an open mind as to how he came by his injuries.

"We have established a major incident room at police headquarters and we are committing the same resources we would for any homicide investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman

Family statement: "This is a very difficult time for us"

The family of a solicitor who was stabbed to death in Durham have said that words cannot describe how they are feeling.

"Peter was a loving husband to Joanna, a devoted father to Lucy and Jessica and a much-loved son of George and brother to Helen.

"Words at this time cannot express how we, his family, are feeling. We would ask that anyone with information regarding what happened to Peter to please contact Durham constabulary.

"This is a very difficult time for us, his loving family, and we request that we be afforded privacy in order to try and come to terms with our very sad loss."

– Family statement

The body of Peter Thomas Maine, 56, from Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, was found near the running track of Maiden Castle Sports Centre.

He was under investigation for fraud by Durham Police.

A "murder-style inquiry" has been launched.

"We would especially like to hear from any rowers, dog walkers, cyclists and runners who use this area frequently.

"We are treating Mr Maine's death as suspicious. However, it does remain unexplained and we would appeal to the public for assistance."

– Detective Inspector Lyn Peart
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