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A neighbour from hell who made residents' lives a misery has been kicked out of his home.

Anthony Hughes has been banned from his flat after Portsmouth City Council used powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act to get him evicted.

An order preventing him from living at the property for three months was yesterday made by Fareham magistrates.

Last night Portsmouth City Council officials boarded up the flat, at 82, Eastern Road, Milton.

Now Hughes, 45, faces jail if he flouts the order.

Neighbours kept diaries cataloguing anti-social behaviour by Hughes and those who visited him at the flat in the last six months. They reported noise disturbance, verbal abuse, drunken arguments and violence, criminal damage and acts of vandalism by visitors to his flat.

David Clark, senior housing anti-social behaviour investigation officer, said: 'People that had lived in the affected block, some for over 30 years, had requested to be moved from their homes as their lives had been made a living hell by the behaviour emanating from this address.'

One witness, who lives in a neighbouring flat with her 13-year-old daughter, but does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said: 'The long-term effect that this behaviour had on us was devastating.'