Manchester Arena attack ‘hero’ jailed for theft


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Media captionChris Parker was interviewed by reporters in the aftermath of the attack

A homeless man who stole from victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack victims has been jailed.

Chris Parker, 33, was initially hailed as a hero after claiming he helped the injured, but CCTV showed him in the arena foyer, stealing from victims.

He had previously admitted stealing a purse and a mobile phone from two victims at Manchester Crown Court.

Jailing him for four years and three months, a judge told Parker he was “not the hero you pretended to be”.

Judge David Hernandez added: “You were just a common thief.

“You stole from people who were seriously injured at a time when others were either dead or dying.

“It is hard to contemplate a more reprehensible set of circumstances.”

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Image caption The judge Chris told Parker it was “hard to contemplate a more reprehensible set of circumstances”

Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May, killing 22 people and injuring many more.

CCTV footage played in court showed Parker leaning over injured survivor Pauline Healey and taking her handbag to steal her purse, as her teenage granddaughter lay dying nearby.

He also stole a mobile phone from another teenager, and the footage showed paramedics and police trying to resuscitate victims nearby as he did so.

Hours later, Parker was using Mrs Healey’s bank card at a local McDonald’s restaurant.

The judge told Parker he will serve half his sentence in custody before release on license.

He also banned him from Manchester city centre for 10 years.


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