Lawyer killed after ‘chance encounter’

A 52-year-old lawyer who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in a busy shopping centre was a devoted father, his family has said.

Peter Duncan was attacked in what police said was an unprovoked chance « coming together » with a group of youths near Old Eldon Square in Newcastle.

He was attacked at about 18:20 BST on Wednesday and died later in hospital.

Seven teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

The boys, a 14 year-old, two 15-year-olds and four 17-year-olds, remain in custody.

Northumbria Police said it believed Mr Duncan was attacked after a « chance encounter » outside a branch of Greggs.

Mr Duncan, from Newcastle, was described by his family as a « devoted father and husband ».

« Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others, » they added.

« He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him.

« His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all. »

Ch Supt Ged Noble said it appeared there had been a « coming together » at the entrance to the shopping centre, which led to Mr Duncan receiving a single puncture wound to the chest.

He added: « This was a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Peter’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

« Peter’s family have requested that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.

« We will be continuing extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to an officer. »

Source: The Guardian

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