Dad Peter Duncan, 52, stabbed to death outside Greggs told ‘It’s coming to you’ by brawling teen thugs he tried to split up

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KIDS as young as 14 stabbed Peter Duncan to death when he rushed to break up a fight.

The top lawyer, 52, had simply gone to help as he made his way home from work.

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Peter Duncan’s family said he was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others[/caption]

Police arrested seven males on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death
Police have arrested seven teenage boys, aged between 14 and 17, on suspicion of Mr Duncan’s murder
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Flowers have been placed outside the shopping centre where Mr Duncan was attacked[/caption]

But as the hero dad tried to intervene outside a Greggs bakery, he was stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver.

His mindless attackers had roared “You’re going to get it” and “It’s coming to you”.

Cops described the murder in Newcastle’s busy Eldon Square shopping centre as “unprovoked”. They think the killer is among seven teens they have arrested — a 14-year-old, two aged 15 and four aged 17.

Witnesses said Peter was trying to break up a brawl between the group when he was set upon at 6.20pm on Wednesday.


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Stephen Humphries, 34, a waiter at Pizza Express, said: “There was an altercation between the guy and the group.

“The young lads were swearing and saying he was going to get it, and it was coming to him.

“I then saw him on the floor. There was a group of people around the guy, clutching his chest.

“I was told that he was stabbed by a screwdriver.”

Peter, an experienced legal counsel working for international firm Royal IHC, which specialises in offshore industries, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary but was later pronounced dead.

Last night his heartbroken family said: “Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others.

“He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all.

“He had so much of his life left to live.”


Chief Supt Ged Noble, of Northumbria Police, said Peter was killed in a “chance encounter”.

He said: “We have very quickly made seven arrests. The persons are known to us.”

Police yesterday continued to search the area, including a nearby church graveyard. Armed cops were seen in the city.

Shoppers were evacuated from the shopping centre last night
Shoppers were evacuated from the shopping centre last night
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A murder investigation has been launched following the stabbing in Newcastle city centre
A murder investigation has been launched following the stabbing in Newcastle city centre
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He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary but was tragically pronounced dead[/caption]

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They have since appealed for any witnesses to come forward with information[/caption]

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There had been a ‘coming together’ at the entrance of the shopping centre before the man was stabbed in the chest in an ‘unprovoked’ attack[/caption]


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