Copy of controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo ‘survivors’ edition due to be sold by Sleaford newsagent

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A Sleaford newsagent says it is set to receive a copy of the ‘survivors’ edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Published on Wednesday, distributers such as Menzies and Smiths were due to supply hundreds of copies to outlets across the UK, despite warnings of potential repercussions.

Wilson’s newsagents in Northgate, Sleaford, confirmed it was due to receive a copy today (Friday) which had been ordered for a customer.

Jim Brown, from Wilsons, said: “It is not something we normally stock but we have one copy on order for a customer. It was due to arrive today but has not arrived, hopefully it will be in tomorrow.”

The magazine features a cartoon front cover of the Prophet Mohammed, published a week after many of the Charlie Hebdo editorial team were massacred in a terrorist attack at their Paris office. In total 12 people were killed, leading to a major French security alert.

Five of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists - including the editor - were killed in the attack.

Retailer WH Smiths says it does not normally stock the magazine and so would not be having it on its shelves.

The edition was released on Wednesday but was not expected to reach UK shelves until Friday.