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Dancing policeman at One Love Manchester gig 'glad to put smile on kids' faces'

The police officer who was captured dancing with a group of children at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert at the weekend says he is just happy he was able to "put a smile back on the kids' faces."

PC Paul Taylor appeared on screen during the BBC broadcast of the live event for only a few moments, but the images of him dancing in a circle with a group of young music fans during Justin's Bieber's performance have gone viral.

Among those he was dancing with was 7-year-old Myah Pearson and her best friend Tegan, who were yards aways from the explosion at the Manchester Arena terror attack that killed 22 people.

Myah's dad Mark told This Morning on Tuesday that both girls have struggled to come to terms with what they saw that night, but their dance with PC Taylor definitely put a smile back on their faces.

"It was just amazing to see," Mark said. "Thank you Paul for making it so special for them. It's amazing mate, thank you."

Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, PC Taylor said he couldn't have imagined his dance moves would be seen around the world.

"I had no idea the effect it was going to have on people," he said.

"I'm just happy the girls were able to go back to the concert and I was able to reassure them and put a smile on their face."

He continued: "We were travelling back from the concert when a colleague (saw the video) and asked if it was me. I went to bed and woke up the next morning to about 50 missed calls and God knows how many text messages.

"My son is in Tenerife at the moment and he saw it too, he text to say,'That's not you is it?' so I've had to own up and say, 'yep, that's your dad'.

Holly jokingly asked PC Taylor if we might be seeing him on Strictly Come Dancing next.

"I'm open to offers," he replied.

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