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Homeless 'Hero' From Manchester Arena Attack In Court Over Stolen Bank Card On Night Of Terror Incident

More than £50k was raised for Chris Parker after his story was made public.

16/08/2017 08:44 BST | Updated 16/08/2017 09:14 BST

A man hailed as a homeless hero following the Manchester bombing is due to appear in court charged with stealing a bank card from Manchester Arena on the night of the terror attack.

Greater Manchester Police said Chris Parker, 33, of no fixed abode, had been charged with two counts of theft relating to a bank card being stolen from the arena on the evening of May 22.

He is remanded in custody and due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Following the attack, rough sleeper Parker had described witnessing the blast and tending to the injured.

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Chris Parker has been charged with two counts of theft relating to a bank card being stolen from the arena on the evening of May 22

Speaking at the time, he said: “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.

“There was people lying on the floor everywhere.”

He told how he had wrapped an injured girl in a T-shirt and tended to a woman who passed away in his arms.

More than £50,000 was raised for him on the GoFundMe website following reports of the help he had given.

A spokesman for the crowdfunding site said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely.

“We are in full control of the funds and all donors are completely protected by the GoFundMe Guarantee. Anyone concerned about their donation should contact us at gofundme.com/guarantee.”

Twenty-two people died when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device as crowds left an Ariana Grande concert at the arena.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it was announced Wednesday that Manchester Arena will open for the first time since the terror attack with a benefit concert on September 9.

The We Are Manchester benefit concert will include performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as well as The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley.