A teenage boy has appeared in court charged with murdering a lawyer who was stabbed to death in a busy city centre.
Peter Duncan died after he was attacked close to a branch of Greggs bakery in the Old Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle at around 6.20pm last Wednesday.
The 52-year-old, who was married with two sons, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary nearby but could not be saved.
This morning, a 17-year-old boy appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court accused of murdering Mr Duncan after stealing ‘a quantity of screwdrivers’ from a Poundland store.
Police said Mr Duncan had been stabbed once in the chest and a screwdriver was recovered from the scene.
The 17-year-old, dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirt and sweatpants, glanced over from the dock at members of Mr Duncan’s family who attended court.
Seven other teenagers were also arrested after members of the public helped officers to apprehend them after the attack at 6.20pm.
Paying tribute in a statement, his family said: ‘Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others. He was loved by all who knew him.
‘His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he will be deeply missed by us all. Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.’
Chief Superintendent Ged Noble, Northumbria police area commander, said: ‘This continues to be an extremely difficult time for the family and loved ones of Peter.
‘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.’