Murder police meet public at death scene

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.

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POLICE investigating the suspicious death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine will be talking to members of the public at the spot where he was found, in their efforts to trace key witnesses.

Officers will be at Maiden Castle sports centre and at the Baths Bridge area of Durham City between 7am and noon on Sunday – exactly two weeks after Mr Maine was found with stab wounds.

Runners, walkers and cyclists will be asked questions by the investigation team.

Mr Maine, 56 who lived in Wynyard village near Stockton, parked his Range Rover in Durham’s Old Elvet at 7.25am on Sunday, September 1, before setting off on a run that took him past Baths Bridge and on to a footpath opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre.

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

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

Police launched a murder-style investigation, and they are treating his death as “suspicious and unexplained”.

The senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Steve Chapman, 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.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.