Inquiries nearly complete into stabbed Stockton solicitor found beside River Wear

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POLICE inquiries into the death of a solicitor Peter Maine found beside the River Wear are nearly complete.

The body of Mr Maine, 56, was found near a footbridge at Maiden Castle, Durham City, on September 1, last year.

An inquest review hearing at the Coroner’s Court in Crook was told police expect to have their file ready for the coroner next month.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle said: “I will need to read the file, which I expect to take some time because it will contain a lot of information.

“It may be I require the police to do further work on my behalf, but I won’t know that until I see the file.

“I will hold another review in September, and look to set a date for a full hearing as soon as possible after that.”

Mr Maine, a married father-of-two from Wynyard, Stockton, had been jogging along the bank of the Wear on the morning of his death.

A post mortem found three stab wounds, two of which were fatal.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman of Durham Police told a previous review hearing the wounds could have been self-inflicted, although no weapon has been found.

Mr Maine had been questioned by police in connection with a mortgage fraud inquiry involving several others, but he had not been arrested.

Mr Tweddle ordered another inquest review to be held on September 30.

*Anyone with information about Mr Maine’s death should contact Durham Police, tel: 101.