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Five witnesses sought in Peter Maine murder probe
POLICE investigating the death of a solicitor who was stabbed while out jogging have released new CCTV footage in a bid to trace witnesses who are yet to come forward.
The 56-year-old father-of-two, from Wynyard, near Stockton, was found by a passing cyclist near Maiden Castle sports ground, Durham City, at about 8am on Sunday, September 1, having suffered three stab wounds to his chest.
Police launched a murder-style inquiry and are still treating his death as suspicious and unexplained.
Officers have spent days searching the area where Mr Maine was found and have interviewed more than 70 witnesses to piece together his last moments.
However, they still want to trace five potential witnesses, including a couple seen on CCTV footage released to the media today (Wednesday, September 18) walking away from the city centre on the north bank of the River Wear.
The man is wearing a dark long-sleeved top and dark trousers, while the woman is wearing dark trousers and a red long-sleeved top.
Police also want to speak to a man who was in the Maiden Castle car park area at 8.15am, wearing a red long-sleeved top and black shorts, who was running with two black Labrador-sized dogs.
They also want to trace a cyclist seen pedalling on the Wear’s north bank away from the city and towards Baths Bridge at about 8am.
He arrived at Maiden Castle at about 8.10am and rode over the wooden bridge onto the playing fields. He was wearing a black long-sleeved top, long black bottoms, a white or light coloured cap and white or light coloured footwear.
The final witness police are trying to trace is a man who was walking on a riverside path at Maiden Castle on the Sherburn side of the Wear towards Shincliffe at about 7.50am.
He is described as in his mid-20s, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with short, very dark thick hair and was wearing a dark top and black combat-style trousers with pockets on the side.
Detective Inspector Lyn Peart, who is co-ordinating the inquiry, urged all to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
An inquest into Mr Maine's death will be opened tomorrow (Thursday, September 19).
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