Ballarat breakfast report: February 21

WEATHER

Today will be slightly warmer than yesterday, but only just.

A top of 18 degrees is forecast today, in what is the start of a return to warmer weather.

There is a 30 per cent chance of rain, according to Weatherzone, but less than one millimetre is expected.

A near perfect weekend is forecast, with a pleasant top of 22 degrees expected tomorrow, while Sunday is expected to be even warmer again, reaching 28 degrees.

POLICE

Police reported a quiet night in Ballarat last night, with no incidents reported.

Meanwhile, the man who led police on a manhunt through the CBD on Wednesday afternoon after an alleged attempted stabbing  was denied bail yesterday.

Police successfully applied to keep Samuel Hayward, 21, behind bars until his next court appearance, arguing he was too great a risk to society.

He faces two counts of intentionally causing injury, two of criminal damage, one of attempting to intentionally cause injury, one of behaving in a riotous manner in a public place and one of using a controlled weapon without an excuse.

He was remanded in custody to reappear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on March 11.

FIRE

Three New South Wales firefighters are currently stationed at the Ballarat City Fire Station, having been sent down to replace Ballarat's specialist ladder platform equipment that has been deployed to Morwell.

The NSW staff arrived yesterday and will turn out to all calls as is if they were part of the Ballarat City brigade.

Overnight, there were just two minor incidents for our firefighters to attend.

The first was a minor grass fire on the Western Highway, which Miners Rest, Wendouree and Ballarat City pumpers attended.

It was quickly brought under control just before 7pm.

Crews were then called to the former Sunicrust bakery on Lal Lal Street just after 2.30am, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

TRAINS 

All trains in Victoria are running on time this morning, according to the V/Line website.

TOP STORIES

Ballarat community comes together to support Brett Edwards and children

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ON THE AGENDA

The Ballarat Swap Meet gets under way today. We will bring you all the colour throughout the day.

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