Dozens of youths were pictured arriving for an arranged fight in a quiet residential area in Middlesbrough.
Up to 100 youngsters were seen gathering on Saltersgill playing fields in the Easterside on Friday evening.
But they all ran off when officers arrived after nervous residents called police .
In a message on the Coulby Newham and Berwick Hills Neighbourhood Policing Team Facebook page , PC Chris Swales said: “As police attended the group made off through the estate and into Easterside.
“At its peak there were around 70 to 100 youths which was causing alarm to residence.
“Later in the evening the group made its way to Middlesbrough Sports Village where further calls were rang in reporting the behaviour.”
Further anti-social behaviour was reported in the Easterside area, reports Gazette Live .
This included youths throwing stones at passing motor vehicles, swearing at members of the public and the police, cycling at speed between members of the public, harassing staff and paying members of the sports village.
PC Swales said: “Over the course of the evening police stopped around 30 youths and obtained details for Anti-Social Behaviour reports shared with Middlesbrough Council.
“Around six youths were taken directly home due to the conduct of the group. One youth was reported for a public order offence and obstructing a police officer.”
PC Swales added: “Yes, we do have better things to do. However, when the behaviour of the group affects so many residents of the area we police, then it becomes our priority.
“So if your kid’s shoes and trainers are muddy this morning have a word with them.”