There's a familiar weapon in the battle against anti-social behaviour - dispersal orders
he nights are drawing in, children are back at school, and Halloween and Bonfire Night is just around the corner.
And with all that comes the annual surge in anti-social behaviour dealt with by police.
To deal with groups of badly behaved nuisances - usually gangs of youngsters - there is a weapon in the force's armoury that is used regularly.
The crime-busting orders grant the police temporary powers to stop groups of people hanging around estates - with the threat of arrests.
An area of Teesville is the latest area to see a dispersal order used - but all corners of Teesside have seen them used.
Here are some of the areas targeted by police recently.
It also includes parts of Lime Road, Caithness Road and Roxburgh Close in Teesville.
Posting on Facebook, the force said: "Due to the on going anti-social behaviour issues down at The Avenue, a 48 hour dispersal order has been put in place starting from 3pm on Tuesday till 3pm on Thursday."
Throwing fireworks in Thornaby
A gang of youths have been intimidating members of the public by throwing fireworks in Thornaby .
Cleveland Police said groups of more than 20 youths have reportedly gathered around Victoria Park and Thorntree Road shops.
There were 26 calls regarding antisocial behaviour in the Mandale and Victoria ward, including nine calls in one day.
These calls have included reports of youths throwing fireworks in the street, sometimes towards members of the public and close to homes and vehicles.
The dispersal order was in place at the end of last week.
Yobs were warned to keep away from a designated area of Seaton Carew as part of a weekend clamp down on antisocial behaviour in late September.
The order was authorised for Elizabeth Way and the surrounding areas in response to reports of continued disorder.
The zone covered the area bordered by the railway tracks adjacent to Bilsdale Road and Kildale Road to the west, Station Lane to the North, The Front and Tees Road to the east, De Havilland Way, Vickers Lane and Lingdale Drive to the south and all areas within, as outlined in the map pictured.
Battling the 'Pally Park Mafia'
It's one area of Middlesbrough that is no stranger to neighbourhood policing - with numerous dispersal orders being used in Pallister Parks and at the shops at nearby Berwick Hills.
After Teesside Live told of the latest issues with the area, police told how they had launched a dispersal order in early September to try and disrupt crime and disorder.
At the time Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Sergeant Olly Flight said: “We are aware of issues with anti-social behaviour in the Pallister Park area and this patch is on our hotspot list for officers to patrol every day.
“Over the summer we received 16 reports of anti-social behaviour in Pallister Park, but across the whole of the Berwick Hills and Pallister ward we received 266 reports.
“Each of these reports is taken extremely seriously and over the weekend a dispersal order was put in place in Pallister Park."
Problems in Hemlington
A number of dispersal orders were used to try and battle bad behaviour in Hemlington at the start of September.
It included land around the Lake - a popular hang-out for groups of youngsters - and was bordered by Cass House Road, Bluebell Beck, Hemlington Lake including green areas/bushes and parking areas, and Hemlington Hall Road.
But the public thought the zone will change very little, with one Hemlington resident saying they "live in fear" and their area is now a "no-go zone.
Police officer punched
A swathe of central Redcar was put under a weekend-long police dispersal order in August.
Cleveland Police declared the zone in a bid to "protect residents" and shop employees amid a spike in reports of anti-social behaviour.
The seafront as well as residential streets were covered by the measure and covers Aske Street in the town where an officer was allegedly "punched in the face and neck" by a 16-year-old boy who was part of a gang causing criminal damage and disturbance.
The officer received minor injuries after the attack.
Foul-mouthed teens were also said to be throwing stones at cars and homes on the Ings estate - with dispersal orders put in place in August and at the end of September.