A teenager has been charged with murder after a solicitor was stabbed to death with a screwdriver outside Greggs. After Peter Duncan’s death at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle previously this week, the 17-year-old is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Mr Duncan, 52, was rushed to hospital after being attacked just inside the shopping complex’s gates, near Greggs and Waitrose, but was unable to be saved.
Police arrested a total of eight teenage boys in connection with his death, and have today confirmed they have charged a 17-year-old with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. Two 15-year-olds and two aged 17 have been released with no further action. A 14-year-old and a 17-year-old have been released under investigation. A further 15-year-old arrested on Thursday has also been released under investigation.
Northumbria Police Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Ged Noble, said: ‘This continues to be an extremely difficult time for the family and loved ones of Peter and we ask that their privacy is respected.
‘We know that these types of incidents can have a big impact on the local community. I want to reassure the public and businesses that we are doing all we can to prevent incidents of this tragic nature and ensure people feel safe. ‘I also want to thank those who have come forward with information and for the public’s patience during our investigation.’