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Search continues for weapon used in solicitor stabbing death in Durham
FURTHER searches along a river and its bank sides over the weekend failed to yield significant finds in the inquiry into the death of solicitor Peter Maine.
A week after the unexplained fatal stabbing of the long-serving lawyer on a familiar Sunday morning run, police continued to sift along the River Wear in Durham for clues.
But the weapon used to inflict the three stab wounds has yet to be found, despite in depth searches of the river and the banks near the spot where Mr Maine was found, on the opposite side of a footbridge to the Durham University sports ground, at Maiden Castle.
The 56-year-old father-of-two, of Wynyard, near Stockton, who was facing court action over alleged fraudulent mortgage activity, parked his Land Rover Discovery car near his former offices in Old Elvet, Durham, before setting off on his run at 7.36am on September 1.
Footage from a CCTV camera near Baths Bridge shows him running along Elvet Waterside, less than two minutes later.
But it is not clear if he crossed Baths Bridge and ran along the Pelaw Woods side of the river, or remained on the Racecourse stretch, before reaching Maiden Castle.
Part of the footpath remains closed to the public on both sides of the river due to landslips caused by heavy rain early this year, although it is said to be accessible for the more “determined”.
Mr Maine was found critically injured by a passing cyclist on a path near the footbridge at 8am.
Speaking after the weekend searches today (Sunday September 8), the man leading the police inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman, said: “There are no significant finds yet. We haven’t found the weapon.
“The search has continued, but Friday’s heavy rain has not helped.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.