Tributes have been paid to a “devoted father” who died following a fatal stabbing in Newcastle city centre .
Peter Duncan, 52, from Newcastle, was stabbed on Wednesday night outside Greggs near Old Eldon Square .
Emergency services scrambled to the scene and Peter was taken to hospital where he sadly died.
Police say they believe he was stabbed with a screwdriver.
Police have launched a murder investigation and are carrying out a number of searches across the city.
His family has today paid tribute to Peter, who they say will be in their “hearts and thoughts every day”.
They said in a statement: “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 who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.
“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.”
According to Mr Duncan’s LinkedIn page, Peter worked as legal counsel at Royal IHC Limited and previously as a solicitor and legal advisor.
It appears Mr Duncan was the victim of an “unprovoked” attack with a screwdriver , police have said.
Shortly after the incident, officers arrested seven males, a 14 year-old, two 15-year-olds and four 17-year-olds in connection with the incident, one of which is believed to be the main suspect.
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.
“They continue to be given any support they may need by a team of specialist officers. Peter’s family have requested that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.
“I appreciate the communities we serve will have concerns and 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.
“We will be continuing extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to an officer.
“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.”
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 281 15/08/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.