Around 30 detectives and police staff have been assigned full-time to investigate the death of a former solicitor in Durham.

Peter Maine, 56, was found with stab wounds outside a sports centre on the outskirts of the city on Sunday morning.

Maine, who worked at the now-closed County Durham firm Hall & Co LLP, was married with two daughters.

Officers are continuing to go through initial witness statements and are gathering CCTV footage.

Det Chief Insp Steve Chapman, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Mr Maine’s death remains suspicious but we have to keep an open mind as to how he came by his injuries. We have established a major incident room at police headquarters and we are committing the same resources we would for any homicide investigation.’

Peter Maine

Source: Durham Police

Maine was subject to an ongoing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and was awaiting a date for a hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

In a prosecution statement published in April, the SRA alleged there was a case to answer that Maine had ‘acted as a solicitor in relation to transactions concerning a company which he ought to have known were dubious and thereby acted in a way that was likely to compromise or impair his independence and/or his integrity and/or his good repute or that of the solicitors’ profession and/or his duty to act in the bests interests of his clients.’