Shropshire newsagents disappointed as Charlie Hebdo magazine sells out

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Shropshire newsagents hoping to stock controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo were left disappointed today after the distributors ran out of stock.

A number of newsagents across the county said had planned to sell the first issue of the satirical magazine since the deadly Paris terror attacks, but have had a letter from WHSmith saying they didn't have enough stock.

In some parts of Britain, readers were seen queueing outside newsagents at midnight to get their hands on a copy of the magazine.

George Walker, manager of Claremont News in Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, said he had been hoping to have the first copies of the magazine in today.

"I originally put in an order for five copies, but I later increased it to 20," he said.

Andrew Hardware, senior supervisor of News Express in High Street, Newport, said he had also put in an order for 20 magazines. "We've had a few people coming in asking for them," he said.

John Vine, who owns Newsworld in Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, said he had ordered some in response to customer requests.

Meole Village News in Alexandra Avenue, Meole Brace, had also hoped to get a small number in response to customer requests.

Janet Davies, who runs Davies & Son in High Street, Craven Arms, said she had placed an order in respect to a customer's request. Jay Singh, of Wilbrahams News in Shrewsbury Street, Whitchurch, said he had also placed an order after a customer had asked for one.

It is the first time the magazine has been printed in English. The normal print run of 60,000 was extended to five million following last week's attack by Islamist gunmen.

The "survivors' issue" has angered some Muslims by depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed on its cover.

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