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CCTV shows solicitor minutes before he was stabbed to death
POLICE investigating the death of a North-East solicitor stabbed while out jogging have released CCTV footage showing him just minutes before he met his violent end.
Peter Maine, a married father-of-two from Wynyard, near Stockton, died after being stabbed three times in his chest near Maiden Castle sports ground, Durham City, at 8am on Sunday (September 1).
Having trawled CCTV footage, police have established that the 56-year-old parked his black Range Rover on Old Elvet at 7.25am to go for his regular run.
The last confirmed sighting of Mr Maine before he was stabbed is on CCTV as he ran along Elvet Waterside towards Baths Bridge at 7.38am.
Police have released the footage in the hope it will prompt witnesses to come forward and help them piece together what happened in the next 22 minutes.
Dozens of Durham Police detectives are involved in a murder-style inquiry and are treating the death as “suspicious and unexplained”, but have not ruled out the possibility that Mr Maine took his own life.
There was no sign of a disturbance and, while specialist officers continued searching the River Wear today (Wednesday, September 4), as yet no weapon has been found.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said he was “keeping an open mind” as to how Mr Maine came by his wounds.
“I hope the CCTV images may give us further clues and help provide answers to the many questions we have,” he added.
Police say there has been a good response to earlier appeals for information, including from people camping in the area at the weekend.
Mr Maine was married to Joanna, 53, and had two grown-up daughters: Lucy, 25, and Jessica, 22. A Middlesbrough FC season ticket holder, he lived in a £1m house which formerly belonged to Boro player Robbie Mustoe.
He was being investigated by Durham Police in connection with an alleged multi-million pound mortgage fraud and had been arrested, although no charges had been brought.
Also hanging over him was an independent solicitors’ tribunal into claims he was involved with a firm he ought to have known was dubious.
Anyone with information on Mr Maine’s death is asked to call Durham Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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