Ballarat breakfast report: August 11, 2014

A partly cloudy day to kickstart the third week of August. PICTURE: DAVID JEANS

A partly cloudy day to kickstart the third week of August. PICTURE: DAVID JEANS

WEATHER

Temperatures shaved close to zero overnight with a low of 0.6 degrees at 5.30am.

Partly cloudy and a top of eight degrees to kick off the working week.

A shower or two possible until later tonight.

Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late afternoon.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Ron Bedford Snr does not know where he would be today without the help of two good Samaritans. 

The 86-year-old collapsed while walking about one month ago. The two schoolgirls came to his aid and took him to hospital. 

Read the full story here

POLICE

Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for public assistance to help identify a van and its occupants, as they continue their investigation into the February death of Geck Gov in Noble Park. 

Cambodian born Geck was murdered in the driveway of her own home in Theodore Avenue on her way to work on Thursday 6 February about 5.45am. 

Homicide Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey said investigators had analysed footage from nearby CCTV cameras which showed a van travelling in the vicinity of the crime scene. 

“We have been able to identify that a white van travelled down Knox Street, about 200m from the crime scene, within 10 minutes of the attack,” Detective Senior Sergeant Bailey said. 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

An image of a similar van that is believed to be seen in the CCTV.

An image of a similar van that is believed to be seen in the CCTV.

FIRE 

A fire destroyed a shed at Darley just after 12.13am on Monday.

Five fire crews attended a Jonathan Drive property where they found the four metre squared shed fully engulfed in flames.

There were no injuries.

The fire took 30 minutes to contain and the cause has not been determined, pending an investigation on Monday.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics had no trauma incidents to report from overnight.

V/LINE 

V/Line has issued an update for the Bacchus Marsh to Southern Cross service.

ON THE AGENDA

Today we are visiting M.A.D.E. for the launch of a program of events to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade this year.

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