A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Preston.
Preston Police were called at 2am today (7 February) to reports of an altercation on Pope Lane, Ribbleton.
Emergency services attended and the body of a man was found at the junction with Village Road. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A 25 year old man from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.
Enquiries are ongoing with a forensic team on-site.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 88 of 7 February.
UPDATE AT 12pm;
It is now known that the body is a woman, however, she has yet to be formally identified.
DCI Geoff Hurst from Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: “We are still at the very early stages of our investigation and our priority is getting in contact with the woman’s family.
“We know that she has been the victim of a brutal assault and we have a number of detectives working on finding out exactly what has happened to her. I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area at the time to get in touch as soon as possible as you could have vital information that could help our investigation.
“The woman’s body remains where it was found whilst we carry out our forensic inquiries and this could take some time. I would like to reassure local residents that we are trying to keep disruption in the area to a minimum and we have stepped up patrols. If you have any concerns, please speak to an officer.”
A 25 year old man from Preston was arrested close to the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time.
Anyone with information about the incident can call 101 quoting incident reference 88 of today (February 7th). If you are concerned that this woman may be a relative, you can also call 101 but instead quote log 433 of February 7th.