Paul was a firefighter, who Laurel Thomas met in the Woolpack in April 2018. Paul bought a drink, which Laurel accidentally knocked over. She offered to buy him another one but he said there's no harm done. Paul goes back over to his friends, but can't stop checking Laurel out - which her friends Kerry Wyatt, Chas Dingle and Bernice Blackstock notice, and encourage Laurel to talk to him. Laurel does so, and she, Kerry and Bernice join Paul and his friends. They discover they're all firemen, and that he's an alcoholic like Laurel. However, after Laurel finds out the man she is having an affair with, Bob Hope, witnessed her with Paul, she makes her excuses and leaves, disappointing Paul as he was liking her company.