Newsagents take orders for magazine after Paris attack

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ORDERS have been made at newsagents locally for the first Charlie Hebdo magazine since the deadly shootings in Paris.

Several have received orders for the magazine’s new issue, which carries a front-cover cartoon of a crying Prophet Mohammed, in the wake of last week’s attack that saw gunmen murder 12 people at its offices.

Amanda Howard, 45, who runs D&B White newsagents in North Street, Havant, said demand was high, but there had been a delay in getting the magazine out to the regions.

More than 1,000 copies are expected to be available in the UK, with London newsagents receiving it first.

Mrs Howard has received five orders, while Belmont News in Bedhampton had received one.

Mrs Howard said: ‘There is demand for them and over the next few days there will be even bigger demand.

‘It’s being printed in 16 languages and there’s only a certain amount being issued to each wholesaler.’

Mrs Howard has ordered a copy for herself.

She said: ‘Freedom of speech is very important and it should be protected. We should not be frightened of terrorists.’

A reported five million copies of the magazine are being printed, its largest-ever run, with translations into English, Spanish and Arabic. It usually sells 60,000 copies each issue.

Several have already appeared on eBay attracting four-figure bids.