Residents in Tetford have been upset by the closure of their village shop amid allegations of a campaign of harassment against its owners.
Several people have contacted the News to express anger and disappointment that the shop had closed.
One resident, who did not want to be named, claimed the shop was well supported and was providing a vital service - until problems started with two local families.
He said complaints started after shop owners erected signs advertising their business on council-owned land.
He alleged the shop’s owners were threatened and delivery drivers were targeted with verbal abuse and foul language.
He said delivery drivers were instructed to park at another location and take goods to the shop in wire cages on trolleys.
The resident said more than 200 residents signed a petition, supporting the shop.
He revealed the petition was sent to local councils and to Lincolnshire Police who, he added, had attended several incidents.
He said the families opposed to the shop had erected their own ‘ no parking’ signs on council land, without any action being taken.
Another resident claimed the shop was “fantastic” and would be badly missed.
He added: “I am retired and live alone. Having a shop around the corner was better than a 14-mile drive to Horncastle.”
The News was unable to contact the shop owners.
The premises are for sale and appear to have been converted for residential use.
A Horncastle police spokesman said they had attended several incidents regarding the shop.
He confirmed a local woman had appeared in court earlier this year and was bound over to keep the peace.