Ballarat breakfast report: December 16

WEATHER

It might be cloudy now, but we can expect some brilliant sunshine later on in the day.

A top of 24 degrees is forecast as we enter the start of the last working week of the year for many people.

Winds are expected to be slight southerly's throughout the day, with almost no chance of any rain falling.

Thursday's forecast has been bumped up to 36 degrees now, with Wednesday and Friday expected to hit 32.

POLICE

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate 80-year-old Ballarat North man, Frank Moloney.

Mr Moloney was last seen at his residential address in Walker Street around 3pm Sunday.

Investigators believe that he left the property on his own accord but he has not been seen since.

Police have concerns for Mr Moloney's welfare due to his age.

He is described as 175cm tall, medium build with brown hair and wearing glasses.

Frank was last seen wearing a grey long sleeved top, brown shoes and black tracksuit pants.

Anyone who sees Frank is urged to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

FIRE

A busy night for our firefighters, but no major fires or incidents.

Crews from Ballarat City Fire Brigade received four different call outs overnight, all for burn offs that had gotten out of control or were put out before crews even arrived.

It is expected the fire season will be officially declared in Ballarat either late this week or early next week.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics took a man to hospital after he was assaulted at the Western Hotel about 8pm last night.

It is believed the man was unconscious on the Sturt Street footpath for at least 10 minutes after being allegedly struck by a bouncer.

After being helped by patrons at the pub, he was placed on an ambulance stretcher and taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital with facial injuries.

SES

SES crews from Ballarat are this morning engaged with the search for missing man Frank Moloney.

Large numbers of SES volunteers are scouring the area this morning, assisting police with the search.

Two crews from Ballarat are at the scene and one from Bacchus Marsh is on the way.

TRAINS

The Maryborough to Ballarat service will operate as a coach, but all trains to and from Melbourne are running on time this morning.

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ON THE AGENDA

Jason Dinsley, the man accused of murdering Ballarat mother Sharon Siermans will face the Supreme Court, sitting in Ballarat today.

Also to face court will be Steven Harris, the 24-year-old man who led police on a manhunt in Mt Clear last month.

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