Manchester attack homeless 'hero' admits stealing from victims

A homeless man hailed as a hero for apparently coming to the aid of victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack has admitted to robbing them.

CCTV footage played in court showed Chris Parker wandering between victims bleeding on the floor after the bombing outside a pop concert in the northern English city in which 22 people were killed.

Parker, 33, was seen in the footage taking a purse from the handbag of Pauline Healey, whose 14-year-old granddaughter lay dying nearby, the court heard.

Parker pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of fraud after admitting to using a debit card from the stolen purse, the BBC reported.

He pleaded not guilty to five counts relating to the attempted theft of a coat and a bag discarded after the attack, and the use of Ms Healey's bank cards in the days after the terror attack.

Prosecutor Louise Brandon said as Parker had "admitted stealing items belonging to victims" and using a bank card, she would not "seek a trial on the remaining counts".

Chris Parker made headlines around the world for his supposed heroism during the Manchester Arena bombing. Source: BBC

The $90,000 (£52,000) that was raised for Parker through a GoFundMe page will now no longer be paid out, with all "donations to be refunded", a spokesperson for the site said.

The 33-year-old had failed to appear in court on Tuesday but was found hiding in the loft of a house in Halifax in West Yorkshire, where he was arrested, the BBC said.

Parker had been interviewed by British media in the aftermath of the attack carried out by Salman Abedi, saying he had been begging outside the concert arena when the bomb went off.

A tearful Parker told the Press Association news agency at the time "I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming".

"It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help," he said.

"There was people lying on the floor everywhere", he recounted, adding that a woman had died in his arms and he had come to the rescue of a little girl whose mother had been killed.

Parker has a string of previous convictions, including shoplifting and burglary.

22 people died and dozens were left injured at the concert. Photo: AAP

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