Ballarat morning report: June 14

A foggy Lake Wendouree on Saturday morning. PIC: PAT BYRNE

A foggy Lake Wendouree on Saturday morning. PIC: PAT BYRNE

POLICE: 

Police are appealing for public assistance following a violent road rage incident near Trentham last month in which a gun was produced and pointed at the victim.

Detectives from the Moorabool Crime Investigation Unit say a a light blue EB model Ford Falcon was on the incorrect side of Trentham-Spring Hill Road before it forced the victim’s vehicle onto grass beside the road.

The driver of the Ford then got out of his car and produced a firearm from the rear seat. 

The victim quickly returned to his vehicle and drove off as the other man pointed the firearm toward him. 

Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to.

An image of the man police wish to speak to.

An image of the man police wish to speak to.

The man is said to be Caucasian in appearance, 45 to 50-years-old, softly spoken, 172cm tall with a solid build, grey hair and appeared unshaven with grey stubble. 

He was wearing a knitted brown jumper, blue jeans and appeared scruffy in appearance.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au 

AMBULANCE:

No trauma cases to report over night. 

FIRE:

A busy night for fire fighters around Ballarat with several call outs overnight. 

Senior Station Officer Dave Mounier said crews attended a "shelter fire" at the Alfredton sporting ground precinct just after midnight. 

However, he said crews were faced with burning rubbish, rather than an actual shelter. 

Crews also attended a house in Canadian about 2am after receiving complaints of smoke. 

A false alarm at Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital was also attended early on Saturday morning.

WEATHER:

A foggy start to the day might have you believe Ballarat is in the thick of Winter.

Anybody hoping for a sunny weekend may have to put their plans on hold with showers predicted for the afternoon and the temperature expected to struggle to get above 11 degrees.  

The outlook for Sunday is not much better with another 11 degree maximum and a few clearing showers.

For the week to come there is a string of days where the mercury will not climb above 12 degrees  but there is some sun expected to break through in the middle of the week.

But half way through the month and we still aren't seeing the kind of Winter Ballarat is used to.

The average minimum temperature has only been 5.2 degrees which is 1.3 degrees above the chillier average of 3.9.

Similarly the maximum average temperature is 12.7 degrees, 1.6 degrees above the long term average.

Rainfall is on track for about half the average June rainfall of 62.8 mm but the total for 2014 of 184 mm is a long way behind the average of 304 mm

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