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Man who stole from Manchester Arena attack victims wanted breaching prison release conditions

CCTV showed Chris Parker looking through victims' bags. Credit: MEN Media

A homeless man jailed for stealing from victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the conditions of his release.

Chris Parker was initially hailed a hero in the aftermath of the atrocity, with strangers donating more than £50,000 to get him off the streets after he claimed he ran inside the venue to help immediately after the blast.

Parker breached his license conditions. Credit: MEN Media

It later emerged that Parker had in fact stolen from the stricken and desperate.

CCTV recovered by police showed him wandering around the foyer area of the Arena amid the dying and injured before looking through bags.

He was arrested, and in January 2018 admitted to stealing a purse belonging to Pauline Healey, whose 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski was killed in the atrocity.

The then 33-year-old also stole an iPhone from a teenager and took photos of the wounded.

22 people were killed in the atrocity. Credit: PA

Parker was sentenced later that month to four years and three months behind bars.

It is not clear exactly when he was released from prison, however GMP has confirmed the now 35-year-old is wanted by police.

A spokesman for the force said: "We can confirm Parker breached his license conditions and is wanted on recall to prison."

Anyone who sees Parker or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.