Manchester Arena bombing: Homeless man Chris Parker who was hailed a hero after attack admits stealing from victims

Francesca Gillett
Chris Parker, 33, pleaded guilty to theft at court on Wednesday: Gofundme

A homeless man who was hailed a hero following the Manchester Arena bombing has admitted stealing from victims of the attack.

Chris Parker, 33, pleaded guilty to theft during a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday.

He admitted stealing a purse owned by Pauline Healey, who was left seriously injured in the attack, and a mobile phone from a teenage girl involved in the bombing.

Parker also pleaded guilty to fraud after using a debit card from the stolen purse.

22 people died in the terror attack in May. (PA Wire/PA Images)

A total of 22 people died when terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb as crowds left the Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Parker is due to be sentenced on January 30.

The judge in the case said a prison sentence was "most likely", the BBC reported.

Over £50,000 had been raised for him on an online fundraising website after he claimed to have helped the victims.