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A DURHAM police officer has been captured heartwarmingly blowing a kiss to women giving out free hugs after the Manchester bomb attack.
Durham Constabulary sent a number of officers to help out in Manchester following the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, which claimed 22 lives, including four from the North East.
On Tuesday, one of the armed officers, PC Nick Downing, was photographed making the gesture outside Manchester Town Hall.
The black and white snap was taken by graphic designer Natalie Thornley.
She told the Manchester Evening News a group of heavily armed officers were walking past and stopped to talk to the two women.
And fortuitously she captured the beautiful moment that he blew the women a kiss.
Her photo has received plenty of praise and been shared thousands of times on social media.
Natalie, 24, from Altrincham, wrote on Facebook: "Managed to get a photograph of the moment a heavily armed policeman blew a kiss to two ladies offering out free hugs.
"Really shows the spirit people in Manchester maintained tonight and the love that has spread throughout the city. Stronger together, love not hate."
PC Nick Downing, who is helping out in Manchester, blows a kiss to women giving out free hugs