Neighbour from hell evicted after two-year hate campaign
NEIGHBOUR from hell Tony Poole has been booted out of his home after launching a two-year hate campaign fuelled by cocaine and heroin.
The 49-year-old terrorised his neighbours, in Stroud Road, in Tuffley, with verbal abuse since 2010.
Many of his victims were families with young children.
He was found with crossbows, knives and air rifles, played constant loud music and let his dogs become uncontrollable, a hearing at Gloucestershire County Court was told.
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He threatened police officers, staff from Gloucester City Homes and residents who reported him.
Poole has previously had a conviction for murder quashed. He was jailed in 1990 alongside Gary Mills for the killing of Hensley Wiltshire. He was jailed but released in 2003 after his conviction was overturned.
At their trial, Mr Mills maintained he acted in self-defence after being attacked by Mr Wiltshire. Mr Poole said he took no part in the fight.
In the lead-up to his eviction, there have been 183 reported incidents of anti-social behaviour from Poole since January 2011 with a further 41 complaints about loud music over a three-month period.
It got so bad that one resident even quit their long-term home because they couldn't take it anymore.
But Poole is out on his ear after Judge Michael Harrington at Gloucestershire County Court ruled he had breached his anti-social behaviour injunction, issued to him in September, and he would not be allowed to return to his flat. He was ordered to pay £2,863 costs.
Yesterday, bosses at Gloucester City Homes welcomed his eviction from the property which is near the St Peter's High School end of Stroud Road.
Sara Taylor, anti-social behaviour manager, said: "Residents have been badly affected by Tony Poole's behaviour, at one point telling us that they felt like they were living in his crack den.
"This case has been a particularly resource intensive one for us and we are glad to finally be able to bring it to a close."
A team of enforcement officers from Gloucester City Council's environmental protection team entered his flat in December last year and seized all of his noise-making equipment.
Two months later, he was convicted of possessing cannabis and heroin in his flat.
Police chiefs have also welcomed the injunction. Chief Insp Neil Smith said: "This is an excellent result for the community.
"We hope that this helps to bring some respite to residents, most of whom are families with young children who have been hugely affected by Tony Poole."
Other anti-social tenants are being warned to curb their behaviour or face tough action.
On Tuesday, Sharon Townsend was jailed for four months after she broke her anti-social behaviour injunction five times in two days. It was her third such breach since May.