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‘Hero’ in Manchester blast admits stealing from victims

LONDON — A homeless man characterized as a hero after the Manchester Arena bombing has admitted stealing from victims of last year’s extremist attack.

Closed-circuit television footage played in court showed 33-year-old Chris Parker stealing a purse and mobile phone from victims of the May attack that claimed 22 lives.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday at Manchester Crown Court to theft and fraud.

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Judge David Hernandez ordered Parker held in custody until a Jan. 30 sentencing date. He said a prison term is ‘‘most likely.’’

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Parker received global attention after he claimed to have helped comfort a number of injured and dying victims after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Prosecutors said Parker provided ‘‘limited assistance’’ to victims but also robbed some.

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