Ballarat breakfast report: February 10

WEATHER

It is not often a top temperature of 25 degrees would be considered to be cool, but it will certainly feel it today, given last week's warm weather.

After a chilly night in which the temperature dropped to eight degrees, today is expected to be mostly sunny, reaching the pleasant maximum of 25 by mid afternoon.

Cool, southerly winds are expected to pick up as the day goes on, increasing to about 35km/h by early afternoon, before easing again.

POLICE

Police are continuing to appeal to the public for an unusual police car ramming last week.

Police intercepted two men in a stolen Toyota 4WD on the Kyneton-Trentham Road last Tuesday around 3.40am.

As one officer spoke to the driver of the vehicle, it suddenly drove off.

The officer returned to his sedan and as he did, he observed the Toyota perform a u-turn a short distance away and accelerate at high speed on the opposite side of the road, driving at the police car.

The stolen car was also towing a stolen trailer filled with items stolen from a Delacombe business.

The Toyota crashed into the police sedan, pushing it several metres off the road and into a fence, before driving off toward Trentham.

Both police members, seated inside the vehicle when it was impacted, were injured.

Police have released images of two men they believe could assist with their enquiries.

The driver is perceived to be of Middle Eastern appearance, around 35-years-old, 183cm, solid/muscular, clean shaven with a round face.

He was wearing a dark baseball cap with red writing.

The passenger is described to be of Middle Eastern appearance, around 55-years-old, 172cm, thin with short grey curly hair.

FIRE

Although western Victoria escaped much of the fire devastation yesterday, crews were quick to act when called out to a grassfire near Clunes this morning.

Crews first got the call about 5am, with a small fire burning near Ballarat-Maryborough Road.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control, although it was not deemed safe until after 6am.

Meanwhile, crews were also called after reports of a fire at Mt Warrenheip this morning.

However, no traces of a fire could be found after a thorough investigation of the area.

AMBULANCE

No major incidents for our ambulance paramedics from overnight.

TRAINS

Ballarat trains are running on time this morning, although Bendigo trains have been replaced by buses at the request of the CFA, while some Gippsland trains have also been affected.

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