Ballarat breakfast report: July 29

WEATHER

A top of 12 degrees today and partly cloudy with a few showers.

Winds west to northwesterly 40 to 50 km/h.

POLICE

Local police had no incidents to report from over night.

The lifelong friend of a man who died at the weekend has called for more support for homeless people in Ballarat.

Police have prepared a report for the coroner following the deaths of Jesse Scholes and Shannon Knowles on Friday night.

Jesse's friend of more than 20 years John Byrnes said his friends were heartbroken by his death.

“He wasn’t just my mate, he was my brother,” Mr Byrnes said. Details. 

Meanwhile across the state, police have executed 20 warrants to target the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang following the Australia Day death of Michael Ali Sleiman in a pre-dawn raid.

The warrants were executed at 6am on Tuesday morning by Echo Task Force detectives together with Homicide Squad investigators, Crime Command, AFP, National Anti-Gangs Task Force, Australian Customs and Border Protection, specialist units and local police.

FIRE

Ballarat fire crews reported a "quiet" Monday night with no call outs.

V/LINE

All Ballarat services appear to be running on time with no reported delays on Twitter.

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