Breaking Lincolnshire Skegness

Paul Barnett died from a single stab wound following an altercation with Paul Bodell in Grosvenor Road, Skegness

Paul Bodell, 37 of Grosvenor Road in Skegness, was found guilty by a jury following a trial which lasted 13 days.

He has been remanded and will be sentenced on a date yet to be confirmed.

Paul Barnett, aged 46, died from a single stab wound to the side of his chest following an altercation with Paul Bodell in Grosvenor Road, Skegness, at around 10.15pm on 22nd September 2020.

Mr Barnett was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of members of the public and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service, who tried to save him.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Myszczyszyn, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said:

“This was a brutal attack with an unwarranted level of violence and a man’s family have been left devastated by this senseless incident.

“Had Bodell left the knife at home, the outcome would have been very different. Instead this case epitomises the dangers of carrying a knife or weapon in a public place and we will release further details of this case after Bodell has been sentenced.

Paul Barnett


“Lincolnshire Police takes any incident involving a knife or weapon extremely seriously. Should you choose to carry one, even if you don’t intend to use it, there is every chance that someone could be either seriously injured or killed.

“I would like to thank all of the witnesses who came forward to help secure this conviction and I hope this is the start of some closure for Mr Barnett’s family and the local community.”

Police officers in Lincolnshire continue to work around the clock to reduce weapons and associated crime in the county through Operation Raptor – the force’s ongoing commitment to keep Lincolnshire as safe as possible. Since it was introduced in October 2019, over 300 arrests have been made for weapons related offences.

However, we rely on communities being our eyes and ears and we urge residents to report any concerns to us, including if someone is in possession of a weapon or has made a threat to use one.

If you believe someone may carry a weapon or have one in their home, please report it to us by calling 101. If you suspect someone may be in danger, always call 999.

If you have information but don’t wish to speak with us, you can remain completely anonymous by making a report to CrimeStoppers. Visit or call 0800 555 111.