Homeless men helped victims after attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester video

Stephen Jones, who was sleeping rough near Manchester Arena, describes how he helped mothers and children covered in blood in the aftermath of the terror attack.

Two homeless men turned heroes in the minutes after the Manchester Arena blast, rushing to aid those injured in the attack.

Stephen Jones, who was sleeping rough, told ITV there were "a lot of children with blood all over them" after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, where huge numbers of children, teens and families were in the crowd.

"They were crying and screaming, pulling nails out of their arms."

Homeless man Stephen Jones said he acted out of instinct when he rushed to help the injured at Manchester Arena.
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Homeless man Stephen Jones said he acted out of instinct when he rushed to help the injured at Manchester Arena.

He and a friend helped a woman who had been hit by the blast on her side, until paramedics arrived.

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At least 22 people were killed in the bombing in Manchester.
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At least 22 people were killed in the bombing in Manchester.

 

"We held her legs up because we thought she was gonna bleed right out."

Jones said it was instinctive to go and help the injured.

"If I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that."

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Another homeless man said a woman died in his arms from her injuries.

Chris Parker, 33, was begging in the arena's foyer as Ariana Grande's concert finished on Monday night (Tuesday morning, NZ time), when the explosion hit, killing 22 and injuring 59.

He told the Manchester Evening News he was knocked to the floor by the blast.

"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. There was people lying on the floor everywhere."

Parker said he rushed to help a little girl who had become separated from her mother in the foyer.

He also tried to help a woman who had severe head and leg injuries.

"She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family," he said.

 - Stuff

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