Questions at death spot

DEATH PROBE: Peter Maine
DEATH PROBE: Peter Maine

POLICE investigating the suspicious death of a Wynyard lawyer will talk to members of the public at the scene of where his body was found in a bid to trace key witnesses.

Sunday marks the two-week anniversary of Peter Maine’s death, after he was found with fatal stab wounds near Maiden Castle Sports Centre, in Durham City.

Officers from Durham Police’s investigation team will be in the area of the sports centre and Baths Bridge between 7am and noon on the milestone date.

Runners, walkers and cyclists will be asked questions by the team to find out if anyone has any information useful to the inquiry.

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.

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.

A murder-style inquiry is underway as police are treating his death as “suspicious and unexplained”.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said he hoped the police presence would prompt other potential witnesses to come forward.

He said: “As it will be two weeks exactly since Peter’s death I am hoping the activity of the investigation team at and around the place where Peter was found may prompt anyone who might have been in Durham City on that Sunday morning and seen Peter to come forward.”

He added that there had been a positive response to appeals for information and his team are working hard to follow up calls about the last movements of Mr Maine, who was being investigated for fraud by Durham Police in connection with a multi-million-pound mortgage fraud and the Solicitors Regulation Authority had also launched an investigation into his conduct.

Some of the cordoned-off areas around the sports centre and the riverbank should reopen to the public at the weekend with searches continuing in specific parts.

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