Ballarat breakfast report: January 23

WEATHER

After chilly morning, the mercury will rise to a toasty 32 degrees today.

The temperature fell to just 10 degrees overnight, with little cloud in the sky.

Brilliant sunshine is expected to bathe Ballarat for most of the day, before the chance of showers increases in the evening.

Drizzle is forecast for tomorrow, before it clears on Saturday, with a perfect top of 28 degrees now forecast for Australia Day on Sunday.

POLICE

Ballarat police said there were no incidents from overnight.

However, Ballarat detectives are hunting 20-year-old Bradley Cassells, who is believed to have fired a gun near police, while doing burnouts last year.

Police confronted Cassells on December 22 last year for committing the dangerous driving act, before he fired a gun in the air.

Anyone who sees Cassells is urged to call triple-0. 

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, police last night charged 30-year-old Stuart Hutchinson over the death of Ricky Ganly in Avoca.

Hutchinson faced an out of sessions court hearing yesterday and was charged with one count of being an accessory to murder.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court today.

FIRE

Not one single call out for our firefighters overnight, in very much of a welcomed quiet night.

However, with hot northerly winds expected today and even hotter temperatures on the horizon next week, the CFA continues to remind people not to become complacent when it comes to fire safety.

SES

Just the one call out for our SES volunteers overnight, with crews still on scene in Hepburn.

The Hepburn unit received a call for a large tree across the road on a small street about 6.45am, with initial reports the tree was eight metres long.

Crews are continuing to work to remove the tree.

TRAINS

Ballarat trains are delayed about 15 minutes this morning due a track fault, but are expected to improve throughout the morning.

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ON THE AGENDA

Australian cricketing great Merv Hughes will be in Ballarat conducting a cricket clinic for some of the promising cricket talent in the area.

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