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Desperate parents in tears as shortages see Christmas toys sell out

Desperate parents shopping for Christmas presents nine weeks ahead of the big day have been left in tears after being told they have sold out.

Panicked mums and dads trying to hunt down this year’s must-have festive gifts have reportedly been phoning toy shops to get ahead of the curve amid a global shortage.

Meanwhile, others have been pictured rushing to stores in Surrey and Hertfordshire to stock up on presents ahead of Christmas.

But many products have sold out already, with no new stock expected until the New Year, the i reports.

Le Toy Van in Surrey sells toys made in the Far East which it supplies to department stores Harrods and Selfridges, but may have to wait until next year for imported goods to arrive.

Founder Steve Le Van ordered double his normal stock for Christmas, but is reported to have now sold out of dolls houses and wooden train sets.

Mr Le Van told the i: “I’ve had people already on the phone in tears wanting to buy a dolls house.

“There is still stock coming…Some would have arrived for Christmas but it will be arriving after [because of delays]."

The British Toy and Hobby Association, which represents manufacturers, told The Sun it expected disruption to continue over the next few months.

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Earlier this week it was reported that a container “full of toys” was turned away from the UK's biggest port.

Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipping company, said that one of its "two really big ships" that normally call at Felixstowe, Suffolk, each week was being directed elsewhere.

The port ran out of storage capacity as a result of a shortage of lorry drivers needed to move containers and restrictions at ports because of the pandemic.

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Some parentshave stockpiled Christmas gifts and foodamid fears delivery shortages could hamper Christmas supplies.

Rachel Marsden, from Leeds and Pat Smith, from the East Midlands, both appeared on ITV'sThis Morningthis week.

They have both already racked up an eye-watering amount of gifts and snacks for their respective families – with their preparations starting as early as July.

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Rachel, who has spent £2,500 on her Christmas shopping already, admitted she spoils her children each year during the holidays.

Meanwhile, Pat explained she stockpiled crisps, cookies and other snacks to make sure her family won't go without this Christmas.

Both women said they are worried about rumours of delivery shortages hampering Christmas supplies.

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