Ballarat morning report: January 11

WEATHER

Enjoy the relatively mild weather while it lasts.

We will be treated with ideal weekend weather for the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Buninyong today and tomorrow.

Today is expected to reach a top of 29 degrees today, before a perfect day of 27 degrees tomorrow.

However, that will be the end of the pleasant weather.

Every working day next week is expected to reach 35 degrees or more as the city swelters.

Thursday is forecast to be the hottest day, when a top temperature of 40 degrees is expected.

POLICE

Ballarat police reported a quiet night overnight, with no major incidents.

However, outside of Ballarat, officers are clamping down on the 'nek nomination' craze that has swept Facebook.

Epping police received a video link via Crime Stoppers which depicted a man travelling in the boot of a car before getting out to ‘neck’ a full schooner of beer around 4.30pm yesterday.

The Eltham man then got back into the boot of the Nissan sedan which drove off.

The driver and passenger of the car have been interviewed in relation to the incident.

FIRE

A busy shift for our firefighters overnight, who were kept well and truly on their toes despite the fact there were no actual fires.

Crews were first called out to Little Bridge Street at 8.16pm and responded to an apparent gas leak, although they found nothing on arrival.

Upon returning to the Ballarat City fire station, crews were then called out to rescue an elderly man who had fallen down a steep slope at Black Hill lookout about 10pm.

There, they used their high angle rescue training to help rescue the man, who suffered minor leg injuries.

Firefighters then rushed to a car leaking gas in Invermay at 10.30pm and quickly prevented the leak.

AMBULANCE

Just the one major incident for paramedics last night, who were called to the Black Hill rescue just after 10pm.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said paramedics transported an elderly man to the Ballarat Base Hospital with leg injuries.

The man had become disoriented and received a cut to his leg after falling down an embankment.

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ON THE AGENDA

Today we have the men's under-23 and the women's elite and under-23 road race at Buninyong. Catch up with the latest news and results throughout the day.

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