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Newcastle stabbing: Youth charged with murder of 'devoted father' Peter Duncan in suspected screwdriver attack outside Greggs

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A 17-year-old has been charged with the murder of a “devoted father” who was stabbed with a screwdriver in Newcastle.

Peter Duncan, 52, was killed in an “unprovoked attack” outside a shopping centre on Wednesday evening, according to Northumbria police.

Officers said he was attacked after a “chance encounter.” He died in hospital from his wounds. 

The 17-year-old suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear in court on Monday.

Police officers at the scene in Old Eldon Square (PA)

A witness to the fatal incident said Mr Duncan got caught up on an argument with a “gang” and “looked like he was trying to get in the middle of a row”, the Mirror reported.

A waiter working nearby told the publication he heard his attackers say “it was coming to him”.

An incident between a man and woman nearby, in which the woman was hit, was also reported nearby prior to Mr Duncan’s stabbing.  

It is unclear whether that incident was linked with the fatal attack. 

A police officer outside a branch of Greggs where the incident allegedly took place (PA)

Police described a “coming together” in the entrance of the shopping centre, in Old Eldon Square, where Mr Duncan was stabbed. 

Three teenagers and four other males were arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbing on Thursday night, with the youngest suspect aged 14.

On Thursday, Mr Duncan’s family paid tribute to the “devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend”. 

“His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all,” they said in a statement.

“Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him. He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day.”

Northumbria Police said officers are supporting Mr Duncan’s family and enquiries into the attack are ongoing.

Northumbria Police Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Ged Noble, said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Peter’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“We are committed to finding out the circumstances behind Peter’s death, and I’d like to thank members of the public who’ve been in touch passing on information that could assist detectives with this investigation.

“Our enquiries will continue and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, who are yet to come forward, to pick up the phone and contact police.”

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