The father of a toddler who got stuck in a teddy bear arcade machine has said he is fine and wanted to go back into the machine after he was taken out.

Jamie Bracken Murphy got stuck in the machine at a play centre in Co Tipperary. 

His father Damien said he took his eyes off him for ten seconds, and the three-year-old quickly climbed inside the claw machine through the flap at the front.

Mr Murphy said he was not surprised to find his son in the machine because he is always getting into mischief.

Initially he said, Jamie was upset, but calmed down when he realised his father was not angry and laughed.

An off-duty fireman who happened to be in the play centre showed Jamie how to get out of the machine. 

Mr Murphy said that Jamie also managed to pick up two toy dragons on the way out.