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Homeless 'hero' admits stealing from Manchester arena attack victims from Leeds

33-year-old Chris Parker has admitted stealing a purse and mobile phone from stricken victims of the attack. Credit: ITV News

A homeless man who was hailed a 'hero' in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing has has pleaded guilty to stealing from victims of the attack.

Horrific CCTV footage played in court showed 33-year-old Chris Parker wandering between stricken and dying victims left bleeding on the floor in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.

He repeatedly returned to Pauline Healey from Leeds, whose 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski lay dying nearby. He leaned over her body to take her handbag to steal her purse.

Sorrell, who was a pupil at Allerton High School in Leeds, was hoping to be an architect and wanted to study at Columbia University in New York.

Sorrell died after suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated his device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena on in May last year, killing 22 and injuring scores of others.

Chris Parker has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on January 30th.