A Kimberley shire desperate to protect the community from lawless youths hooning in stolen cars will clear land outside of town in the hope it will lure the joyriders to the isolated areas. After a few sleepless nights in Halls Creek where teens in stolen vehicles tore through town throwing rocks and posting their exploits on TikTok, Shire CEO Phillip Cassell said he was “desperate,” to do something before someone was killed. “There are particular areas out of town that we think may be more attractive to take stolen cars, we are trying to develop safe sites where they can race round and round until they run out of fuel,” he said. “What else can we do? I have to try something, I’m desperate. It’s out of the community, it’s out of town, it’s out of collision areas. I need help from other agencies to tell me what better things I can do to protect the community.” Mr Cassell spoke following a night when youths in a ute stolen from Neil Mansell Transport, hooned through Halls Creek blanketing the town in dust before managing to flip the vehicle on its roof outside the Yardgee Town Camp. Police would not comment on the ongoing investigation and it is unclear if any of the occupants of the vehicle were injured. On Sunday night youths stole a ute and drove it dangerously around town while teens stood up in the vehicle’s tray throwing rocks. When it was finally abandoned it was found to have FTP (F*** the Police) and the postcode 6770 on one side panel and Hcqboys 6770 on the other side. On both occasions police followed the stolen vehicle at a distance as they drove wildly through town. The car thefts were posted on TikTok with the comments “tonight’s episode” and “Hcq Boys rock bigtime.” Mr Cassell said he feared it was only a matter of time before someone was going to get hurt. “The community here in Halls Creek is very, very concerned that a tragedy is going to occur,” he said. “Where it’s a tragedy involving those in the stolen cars, or a tragedy involving a member of the public. “There is extreme concern someone is going to suffer heavily if this activity continues.” Mr Cassell said next week they would begin clearing bush land at the south-west corner of the town outside the township square. The Shire has also worked with police to place road spikes around town, put up barriers on known bush track getaway routes, and erect fencing in public spaces. Chris Griffin, who manages Neil Mansell Transport where the vehicle was stolen from, said he had never seen Halls Creek as bad as it is now. He said he was unloading a truck with the vehicle’s driver when youths stole the ute. “I was in the trailer and the truck driver was operating the forklift when they went into the house and stole everything (his keys and his wallet),” he said. Among the stolen items was the key for a Landcruiser which was about to be transported to Perth. “They almost ran the truck driver over and then smashed through the back gate,” he said. The anti-social behaviour by disengaged youths has become so bad the Shire has organised a community safety solutions forum for Thursday, December 8. Those attending will be Kimberley District Superintendent Craig Parkin as well as senior bureaucrats from the departments of Community, Education, Health and Youth Justice Services. A representative from the National Indigenous Australians Agency is also expected to attend.