A NIGHTMARE neighbour has been jailed after she was caught with a meat cleaver in a Westcliff street.

Leanne Zajac, 26, was spotted with the weapon within hours of leaving Southend Magistrates’ Court on an assault charge.

The Echo had reported how belligerent Zajac had frequently confronted other residents in Priory Court, Southend, where she lived.

The court heard she had been given an eviction notice - leaving neighbours hoping they would finally get some peace.

But hours later she was found drunk in North Street, Westcliff, with a meat cleaver.

The mum-of-three was put back in the dock at Southend Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, being drunk and disorderly and committing an offence while subject to a suspended sentence.

She was jailed for 24 weeks.