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Homeless man who pulled nails from children’s faces after Manchester Arena terror attack is back begging

By Scarlet Howes

Homeless hero of Manchester attack, Stephen Jones has returned back to the streets begging despite promise of help but so many people.’

According to a report by,

Hero’ Stephen Jones has been pictured asking for money – despite the many pledges to help him after his selfless actions.

Mancunians were quick to come to the 35-year-old’s aid after his selfless actions won over the city.

Last month, after he gave an interview on This Morning, the son of West Ham owner David Sullivan appeared on the show and vowed to help Stephen get back on his feet.

David also revealed that he and his dad had been ‘liaising’ with the Booth Centre – an organisation which helps the homeless.

In a tweet, David said: “Me and dad want to rent the homeless man in Manchester a house for 6 months to help him get on his feet.”


A JustGiving page was also set up in a bid to get ‘Steve off the streets’ and has raised £31,562 of its £32,000 target.

But in pictures taken this week, a rain drenched Stephen can be seen huddling next to a bin in a red sleeping bag.

Stephen was sleeping rough close to the city centre arena when the explosion killed 22 and injured another 60.

He initially thought the blast was a firework but was horrified when screaming youngsters emerged from the arena.

Speaking to ITN days later, he said: “I then realised what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood.”

The former bricklayer desperately tried to help the children, wiping blood from their eyes, and it was then he realised the devastating impact of their injuries.

An emotional Stephen said: “We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces.”

In graphic detail, he recalls seeing the “lifeless” bodies of children on the floor, next to their “hysterical” mothers.

The atrocity killed 22 and injured dozens (Photo: London News Pictures Ltd)

He said: “Just because I’m homeless, doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a heart and I’m not human still.

“They needed help and I like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed it.

“It’s just instinct to go and help and it was children and it was a lot of children with blood all over them and crying and screaming.

“It had to be done, you had to help them. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that.”

West Ham owner’s son David Sullivan vowed to help Stephen get back on his feet (Photo: AFP)

Friend Chris Parker, 33, cradled a dying woman in his arms moments following the attack but was still living on the streets until recently – despite over £50,000 being raised for him.

Well-wishers have asked why Chris hasn’t yet received the £52,000 donated to help him off the streets.

Marissa Lowe, from Rochdale, told the Mirror Online she spoke to him after spotting him near Manchester’s Victoria Station today, yards from where last Monday’s atrocity happened.

Marissa said: “I gave him a hug and told him how brilliantly he’d responded in the events”

Chris Parker, who also helped victims of the attack, was living on the streets until recently(Photo: MEN MEDIA)

“But I looked at him and he still looked homeless, and asked quite shyly whether he was.

“He then told me, ‘I’m still homeless’, and emptied his pockets to show me a lighter and a cigarette.”

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5 Comments on "Homeless man who pulled nails from children’s faces after Manchester Arena terror attack is back begging"

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David Gutierrez
David Gutierrez

What happened to the money that was raised for him.. This is very sad

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart

What do you expect, it’s a funny Country, people are mean

Helena P
Helena P

Why can’t people just be honest… So the funds and all the promise by the West Ham for chair was just a publicity stunt

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