Ballarat breakfast report: December 6 

WEATHER

Would you believe Ballarat's temperature dropped below -2 degrees in summer?

Well if you don't, maybe you should have stuck your head out a window at 4am, when the mercury plummeted to -2.2, in a highly unusually crisp December night for Ballarat.

Cars across Ballarat were covered in ice this morning as the sun rose as the temperature gradually started to climb.

Today, we can expect a top of 17 degrees, with slight westerly winds for most of the day.

We can also look forward to a near perfect day tomorrow of 23 degrees and mostly sunny.

POLICE

An inmate is on the run after escaping from Langi Kal Kal Prison yesterday afternoon.

Shayne Labrooy left the prison grounds some time between 3.30pm and 5pm.

A search of the immediate area was conducted but the escapee is yet to be located.

Labrooy is 36-years-old and described as Caucasian, 180cm tall with a medium build and close cropped dark hair.

He was last seen wearing prison greens and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

FIRE

Just the one call-out for the Ballarat City Fire Brigade crew after a hectic shift the previous night.

Crews were called to the Queen Elizabeth Centre on Ascot Street South at 12.30am, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

It came as a welcomed quiet night after the Wednesday night when crews rushed to the horror truck crash near Stawell that killed two people.

SES

State Emergency Service crews finally clocked off at the truck crash near Stawell around 10.30pm after almost 24 hours on scene.

A number of different shifts rotated throughout the day and night to assist in the rescue and clean up operations.

SES mid west duty officer Gavin Kelly expressed his gratitude to the volunteers who had given hours of their time to aid in the operation.

TRAINS

Ballarat trains are back on time today, however there were significant delays yesterday.

Peak hour trains were replaced by buses between 5pm and and 6.30pm yesterday.

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ON THE AGENDA

A graduating ceremony and passing out parade for CFA recruits will be held at the Fiskville training site today.

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