Homeless 'hero' charged with stealing from Yorkshire grandmother injured in Manchester attack

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A man hailed as a homeless hero following the Manchester bombing is due to appear in court charged with stealing from a grandmother and young girl from Yorkshire who were injured in the blast.

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 injured woman Pauline Healey on May 22.

Mrs Healey was left in a coma for several days as she was going to pick up her 14-year-old grandaughter Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds, who was killed in the attack. Her daughter, Samantha, was also injured,

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.

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 tending 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.