Peter Maine death: CCTV appeal gets 'good response'

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Detectives investigating the death of a solicitor found with stab wounds say they have had a good response to an appeal for information.

Peter Maine, 56 from Wynyard, Stockton, was found dead in his running kit on the outskirts of Durham City on Sunday.

Det Ch Insp Steve Chapman said the release of CCTV images had prompted a "number of lines of inquiry".

Mr Maine was arrested in 2011 as part of an investigation into allegations of mortgage fraud, it has been confirmed.

'Suspicious and unexplained'

Durham Police said on Thursday the inquiry involved "a large number of individuals and companies".

Mr Maine, who was married and had two daughters, was also being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Police said he went out for a meal with his wife and friends in Yarm on Saturday.

Mr Chapman said: "We are working on a number of lines of inquiry, which include building up a picture of Peter's lifestyle, his friends and associates and his movements in the 24 hours leading up to his death."

On Sunday morning, Mr Maine drove to Durham and parked his car outside his former business office in Old Elvet at 07:25 BST.

He carried some items of furniture into the premises before moving his vehicle a short distance to a marked parking bay in the street, after which he set out on his run towards the riverside.

His body was found at about 08:00 BST. Police are treating his death as "suspicious and unexplained".

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