Chris Parker, the homeless man hailed as a hero in the wake of the Manchester attacks, has been charged with stealing a credit card from one of the bomb victims.
The 33-year-old was arrested and charged with stealing the card from Pauline Healey as she lay injured following the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.
A Greater Manchester Police statement said Parker, of no fixed abode, had been charged with two counts of theft and remanded to appear at Manchester and Salford magistrates court on Wednesday.
Healey’s granddaughter, 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, was killed in the attack. Healey was left in a coma for several days, and had to undergo surgery to have shrapnel from the bomb removed.
Parker was praised for heroism in the wake of the attack, after he described cradling a dying woman.
Speaking to Press Association the day after the attack, 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.’
More than £50,000 was raised for Parker after the attack, and he was inundated with job offers and offers of accommodation.