VIDEO: Police probing stabbing of Wynyard solicitor urge people to view CCTV of his final moments

A still image from the CCTV footage
A still image from the CCTV footage

THESE are the final images of solicitor Peter Maine captured on CCTV just minutes before he was found dying after being stabbed.

Detectives released footage showing the Wynyard lawyer going on what would be his last run in Durham City on Sunday morning.

Peter Thomas Maine whose body was found in Durham near to Maiden Castle Sports Centre on the morning of Sunday, September 1

Peter Thomas Maine whose body was found in Durham near to Maiden Castle Sports Centre on the morning of Sunday, September 1

Just 20 minutes later the married dad-of-two, who worked at Hall and Co LLP solicitors in Easington Colliery, was found bleeding to death from three stab wounds to his chest.

Durham Police has also confirmed that Mr Maine, 56, was being investigated as part of a long-running multi-million pound mortgage fraud probe and had previously been arrested.

The force hopes the release of the pictures will lead to a breakthrough in the murder-style case and have turned to social networking sites in a bid to reach potential witnesses.

Mr Maine was seen on two cameras parking his Range Rover in Old Elvet, Durham, at 7.25am on Sunday.

His run took him past Baths Bridge and onto a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre where a passing cyclist found him bleeding just after 8am.

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

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman, who is leading the investigation, said: “The images show Peter just 20 minutes before he was found on the footpath and represent the last confirmed sightings we have of him.

“I am hoping they may prompt anyone who might have been in Durham City on Sunday morning and seen Peter to come forward.

“There has been a good response to our earlier appeals for information and several people have contacted us to say they were camping in the area around the riverside at the weekend.

“We will be following up those calls and we are continuing to conduct searches of the Maiden Castle area as part of our investigations.

“Although this death is classed as suspicious, I must stress we are keeping an open mind as to how Peter came by his wounds.

“I hope the CCTV images may give us further clues and help provide answers to the many questions we have.”

The Mail reported on Tuesday that Mr Maine was under investigation for fraud by Durham Police.

The investigation is believed to centre on North East mortgage firms that bought homes from people struggling to pay their mortgages and allowed them to rent them back.

But they allegedly defaulted on repayments, leading to scores of repossession orders in the county courts.

Mr Maine had also been notified in April that he was to face prosecution before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over allegations he acted in relation to transactions concerning a company which he ought to have known were dubious.

His devastated family previously paid tribute to him and said in a statement: “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.”

Anyone with information about Mr Maine’s death is asked to contact the incident room at police headquarters on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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