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A lawyer was stabbed to death with a screwdriver by a gang of teenage boys at a busy shopping centre.
Peter Duncan, 52, suffered a single puncture wound in the unprovoked attack following a chance encounter which lasted 'three seconds', near a branch of Greggs.
Witnesses - Shopping - Centre - Old - Eldon
Witnesses at the shopping centre near Old Eldon Square, Newcastle, heard people shouting 'it was coming to him' and 'he was going to get it' shortly after the stabbing.
Minutes earlier, it was claimed a woman was punched by a man yards from the spot – though it is not clear whether the two attacks are linked.
Mr - Duncan - Father - Royal - Victoria
Mr Duncan, who was married and a 'devoted father', was taken to Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
Northumbria Police arrested seven youths – one aged 14, two 15 and four 17 – on suspicion of murder and they remain in custody.
Stabbing - Mr - Duncan - Floor - Chest
After the stabbing, Mr Duncan was seen lying 'on the floor clutching his chest' before ambulances arrived at 6.20pm.
One witness caught up in the attack was found shaking when she attempted to lock herself inside a nearby restaurant.
Shopkeeper - Muhammad - Ali - 'The - Man
Shopkeeper Muhammad Ali, 37, said: 'The man was arguing with the gang, they tried to hit him. It looked like [he] was trying to get in the middle of a row.'
Police were searching drains in Old Eldon Square, the site of the city's war memorial, for evidence yesterday.
Mr - Duncan - Eldon - Square - Centre
It was claimed Mr Duncan was followed into the Eldon Square shopping centre following an 'altercation' with the gang.
One witness who said they saw the group after the attack claimed 'they did not seem too bothered'.
Mr - Duncan - CV - Counsel - Royal
Mr Duncan described himself in an online CV as legal counsel for Royal IHC Limited,...
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