HOMELESS people have been hailed as heroes after they rushed to help those caught up in the horrific terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Chris Parker, 33, cradled a dying woman and wrapped a bloodied child in merchandise T-shirts while Stephen Jones described in harrowing detail how he had to pull nails from a little girl's face.
Mr Parker was in the foyer of the arena – where he regularly goes to beg for money as concerts kick out – when a huge blast ripped through the exiting crowd and left 22 people dead and 59 people injured.
Mr Parker says he was knocked to the floor by the blast but immediately got back up and began trying to help the wounded.
He recalled: "Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.
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"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.
"I saw a little girl … she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said 'where is your mum and daddy?' She said 'my dad is at work, my mum is up there'."
He said he thought the child's mother had died from her injuries.
Mr Parker, who has slept rough in the city for about a year, said he also tended to a woman who was badly hurt from the bombing with serious leg and head injuries.
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He said: "She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family.
"I haven't stopped crying.
"The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids' concert.
"There were nuts and bolts all over the floor. People had holes in their back.
"It's the screams I can't get over and the smell … I don't like to say it but it smelled like burning flesh.
"I don't think anything has sunk in yet. It's just shock."
People have been touched by Mr Parker's actions – hailing him a "hero" – and a fundraising page has been set up in his honour.
Another homeless man, Stephen Jones, was sleeping near the arena when he heard a huge bang, which he initially thought was a firework.
The 35-year-old told ITV News: "It's just instinct to go and help if someone needs your help and it was children.
"It was a lot of children with blood all over them – crying and screaming.
"We were having to pull nails out of their arms and a couple out of this little girl's face."
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