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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Full Report: Man stabbed in Durham

Detectives have confirmed that they have now launched a murder enquiry after a local solicitor was found stabbed in Durham City.

56-year-old Peter Thomas Maine was found dead on a path at the popular Maiden Castle sports site in the city yesterday morning. His death is being treated as suspicious.

Watch the full report from our correspondent Rachel Bullock below.

Family pay tribute to "loving husband and devoted father"

The family of a man who was stabbed and died in Durham this weekend have paid tribute to a "devoted father", "loving husband" and "much loved son and brother."

56-year-old Peter Thomas Maine died yesterday morning after being stabbed near to Maiden Castle Sports Centre.

"Peter was a loving husband to Joanna, a devoted father to Lucy and Jessica an 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 of Peter Thomas Maine


Specialist police teams at scene of Durham stabbing

Specialist search teams, including Northumbria Police's marine unit, are carrying out extensive searches of the river and its banks at the scene of a stabbing in Durham.

The body of 56-year-old Peter Thomas Maine was found on a path opposite the running track at Maiden Castle Sports Centre just before 8.00am yesterday morning.

Peter Thomas Maine was from Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees. Credit: Durham Constabulary

Man named after Durham stabbing

Police have named a man who was found dead in Durham City yesterday as Peter Thomas Maine from Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees.

The 56-year-old was found with stab wounds on a path opposite the running track at Maiden Castle Sports Centre just before 8.00am on Sunday 1st September.

Police are keen to trace anyone who may have been in the area between Old Elvet and Maiden Castle between 7.15am and 8.15am.

Mr Maine was wearing:

  • blue tracksuit bottoms
  • trainers
  • short-sleeved black running top

He had parked his black Range Rover Discovery in Old Elvet just before 7.30am.

Anyone with information regarding Mr Maine's death is asked to call police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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