So who DID order police to demand names of Charlie Hebdo buyers?

Newsagents questioned by police over the sale of copies of Charlie Hebdo say they believe officers were given clear orders to seek customers’ details.

Forces across Britain have repeatedly denied ever instructing officers to make such inquiries, instead claiming their visits to stores were to ease community tensions.

After a handful in Wiltshire and Wales came forward to say they had faced such questions, police repeated their protestations.

But shop owners and readers of the magazine have today slammed their reaction, saying they have been left ‘outraged’ by having their claims dismissed.