Police and forensics teams have descended on Ribbleton after a body was found on the street this morning.
A murder investigation has been launched and a 25-year-old man arrested.
Police were called at 2am today (7 February) to reports of an altercation in Pope Lane, Ribbleton.
Emergency services attended and a body was found in the road at the junction with Village Road.
Police initially thought the victim was male, but emergency services have confirmed that the body is female.
A 25-year-old man from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Police began taping off parts of Pope Lane and Miller Road at around 6am this morning.
A forensics tent has been set up and CSI teams are at the scene.
Neighbours reported that a police helicopter had been circling in the early hours of the morning.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 88 of 7 February.