Ballarat breakfast report: August 22, 2014

Sunrise over McCarthur Street on Friday morning.

Sunrise over McCarthur Street on Friday morning.

WEATHER

A balmy 15 degrees to grace the city today, rising from an overnight low of three degrees. 

It will be mostly sunny after some morning frost.

Winds northerly 20 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening then becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Experts and victims have warned the scourge of ice addiction in regional areas is having a direct impact on the rise and severity of family violence.

Child and Family Services has recorded an increase in the number of cases where ice is involved.

CAFS Family Violence Intervention program co-ordinator Bob Maika said ice may not be the root cause of family violence incidents but it was increasingly reported and contributed to the severity of attacks.

Read the full story here

POLICE

Police attended the scene of a tip fire in Creswick at 1am on Friday morning.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and the incident is being investigated. 

FIRE

Five fire crews were called to the scene of a blaze at the Creswick transfer station.

Crews battled the fire for 20 minutes. 

A crew from Ballarat City was en route before it was told it wasn't needed.

Two trucks from Creswick and one each from Newlyn and Kingson attended.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

AMBULANCE

The south-west’s emergency helicopter made a dramatic forced landing last night while carrying a woman badly injured in a road smash at Garvoc.

The HEMS 4 air ambulance set down in a paddock west of Cressy about 8.35pm after experiencing a mechanical problem during its emergency dash to Melbourne.

Read the full story here

V/LINE

All Ballarat train services appear to be running on time and to schedule according to the @vline_ballarat Twitter feed.

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