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Solicitor death - new witnesses sought

Five months after he was found stabbed to death on a riverbank, detectives say they're still not sure whether high flying Durham solicitor Peter Maine was murdered or took his own life.

And now after months of exhaustive inquiries they're trying to trace three mystery figures who could hold the answers.

Watch Gregg Easteal's report here.

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Solicitor "may have killed himself"

Police have told a coroner that a Durham solicitor may have killed himself, although they admit the case remains a mystery.

CCTV showing him setting off for a run twenty minutes before he was found stabbed still remains the clearest image of his last movements.

Peter Maine minutes before his death Credit: ITV News

At an inquest update today this morning Police told a coroner that the absence of any signs of a struggle or restraint on Mr Maine's body suggest his wounds might have been self inflicted.

But detailed searches have failed to find a knife.

Solicitor death remains a mystery

Peter Maine Credit: ITV News

Detectives have told a coroner they still can't be sure whether Durham solicitor Peter Maine was murdered or took his own life.

The 56 year old was being investigated over fraud allegations at the time of his death.

He was found stabbed in his running gear close to a Durham sports centre last year. CCTV footage showed him setting off for a run twenty minutes before he was found stabbed.

At a hearing today police told a coroner that the absence of any signs of a struggle or restraint on Mr Maine's body suggest his wounds might have been self inflicted.

But detailed searches have failed to find a knife.

And police admit the fact the wounds went through Mr Maine's clothing would often be viewed as being more consistent with unlawful killing than a self inflicted injury.

Many potential witnesses have been spoken to but police say three in particular remain untraced.

Push for new witnesses over Durham stabbing

Peter Maine
Peter Maine was stabbed on 1st September Credit: Durham Police

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.

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