A shop owner branded Britain's rudest bookseller has announced he is selling up after facing a backlash from locals fed up with his grumpy demeanour.
Steve Bloom, 63, who admits he "doesn't butter his parsnips", has ruffled feathers in the quaint Yorkshire Dales town of Hawes ever since he opened his shop Bloomindales four years ago.
Now locals are saying a relieved goodbye to the blunt bookseller after campaigning to get him run out of town.
However, Mr Bloom refused to accept he had been driven out despite complaining of a "vicious witch-hunt" and said he'd sold the shop of his own volition, partly to escape his whinging customers.
Mr Bloom, who retired to Yorkshire after running a successful business in London, said: "I hope that none of the people who have been trying to drive me out are claiming any kind of victory because it isn't, I have left of my own free will.
"It got very difficult sitting in my shop listening to people talking about me as the man who charges 50p entry. I will not miss the moaning."
Complaints over the book shop owner’s behaviour have been on-going for four years and included a customer so incensed at his treatment, he is said to have tipped his dinner over Mr Bloom.
But the anger reached a new high when a doctor visiting from Shropshire wrote to Hawes Parish Council to protest that Mr Bloom had verbally abused him.
Mr Bloom admitted calling the doctor "a pain in the arse" - but told the council he couldn't recall why.
Following that dispute, the parish c ouncil decided it wanted him out of his shop, which occupies space in the town’s market hall.
Seven months later, it appears to have got its way.