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Police investigating the death of Durham solicitor to return to scene
12:12pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
POLICE investigating the death of a solicitor stabbed to death during an early morning jog will return to the scene this weekend as the hunt for witnesses continues.
Long-serving lawyer Peter Maine was found with three stab wounds to the chest on a gravel path near Maiden Castle sports ground, in Durham City, on September 1. He was pronounced dead in hospital shortly afterwards.
Detectives, who are referring to the inquiry as "a murder-style investigation," will visit the scene two weeks after the killing to talk to Sunday morning runners, walkers and cyclists.
Officers from the investigation team will be in the Maiden Castle and Baths Bridge area to try and identify if anyone has any information useful to the enquiry.
The 56-year-old father-of-two, who lived in Wynyard village near Stockton, had parked his Range Rover in nearby Old Elvet at 7.25am before going for a jog.
He was spotted on CCTV running along Elvet Waterside towards Baths Bridge at 7.38am, the last confirmed sighting of him before his bleeding body was found by a passing cyclist.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector 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."
"We have had a positive response to appeals for information and several people have contacted us with information.
"My investigation team have been working hard to follow up all of these calls and in conducting a search of the area where Peter was found".
He added: "I can confirm that we are continuing to class Peter’s death as suspicious and are keeping an open mind as to how Peter came about his wounds".
Parts of the area around Maiden Castle sports centre which have been cordoned off since the incident are expected to reopen to the public at the weekend.
Searches continuing in particular parts of the riverbank and sports centre area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at police headquarters on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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