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Homeless man in court accused of stealing from victims of arena attack

Chris Parker, 33, is accused of stealing a purse from the grandmother of a 14-year-old who died in the bombing. Credit: PA

A man hailed as a "homeless hero" after the Manchester Arena bombing has appeared in court accused of stealing from two of the victims of the attack.

Chris Parker, 33, is alleged to have stolen a purse and its contents belonging to the grandmother of 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds, who was killed in the attack.

He is also said to have taken the mobile phone of another teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Parker entered formal not guilty pleas to the two charges and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on September 13.

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Remembering the Peterloo massacre

To mark this years anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, actor John Henshall will be reading the names of the 17 people killed in the 1819 tragedy. St Peter's Square, Manchester, is very close to the location of the first casualty. Two year old William Fildes was trampled to death by a galloping soldier at the outskirts of the field. Cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 who had gathered to demand parliamentary reforms. Hundreds were injured.

Actor John Henshaw will read out the names of those who died Credit: pa
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