Key witness tracked down in Wynyard man murder probe

Peter Maine, aged 56 was found on a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre, on the outskirts of Durham city just after 8am last Sunday, 1  September.
Peter Maine, aged 56 was found on a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre, on the outskirts of Durham city just after 8am last Sunday, 1 September.

POLICE investigating the suspicious death of a solicitor have traced a key witness.

Peter Maine, who lived at Wynyard, died two weeks ago after he suffered stab wounds when he went out for an early morning jog in Durham.

Police returned to the scene on Sunday in a bid to trace people who were there on the day Mr Maine met his death.

Officers tracked down a cyclist who had been in the area around 10 minutes before Mr Maine was found dead on a path near Maiden Castle sports ground just after 8am

A spokesman for Durham Police said: “We can confirm that a witness came forward as a result of Sunday’s activity.

“They are currently helping police with the investigation.”

Police are treating Mr Maine’s death as suspicious but stress they are keeping an open mind about how he came by his injuries.

They are still trying to trace a retired couple who walked past the scene as Mr Maine was being attended to by paramedics, two males seen near Baths Bridge, and a walker.

The 56-year-old married dad-of-two, who worked at Hall and Co LLP, in Easington Colliery, had parked his

Range Rover in Durham’s Old Elvet at 7.25am that day.

Searches of the river bank area are set to continue until Wednesday when police will review the case and decide the next step.

Minutes later he set off on a run past Baths Bridge and onto a footpath opposite the running track at the sports centre.

There, a passing cyclist found him just after 8am, bleeding from stab wounds to his chest.

Despite paramedics’ efforts, Mr Maine was confirmed dead shortly after he arrived at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police’s incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.