Residents have spoken of their shock after waking up to find their small community at the centre of a murder investigation.
Police were called to an address on Heywood Road, Ashton, at around 5.25am following reports of a 24-year-old woman found unresponsive.
She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival sparking a murder inquiry.
A 26-year-old man from Preston continues to be quizzed by police on suspicion of murder while specialist officers comb an area of communal land near a row of flats on the road.
Neighbours this afternoon expressed their shock at waking up to a heavy police presence in a what they described as a quiet neighbourhood.
One neighbour said there had been a gathering of friends at the flat at the centre of investigation on Friday night.
Resident Debbie Hindle, 50, said the male occupant of the flat had only recently moved in to the area.
She added: “There was no commotion last night. There were a few people there but all having a laugh and a joke. There was no fighting or wild party.
“I’m a light sleeper and I didn’t hear anything untoward. If I hear a load of commotion I go out and tell them to calm it down.
“The next thing I knew there were police out. I’m shocked.”
Sylvia Welninska, 26, said: “There were a few people there last night but it was quite quiet. I didn’t hear any shouting.
“Then this morning we saw the ambulance and police cars. It’s upsetting.”
Another woman, who asked not to be named, added: “I’m shocked, I’ve not known something like this to happen before.”
A male neighbour said: “It’s a bit of a shock to say the least.”
Police are appealing for anyone with any information that could help them to come forward.
Det Insp Richard McCutcheon from the Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: “This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are trying to establish exactly what has happened to this woman.
“Her family are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.
“I am asking anyone who may have been in the area the night before, the early hours of this morning or indeed if they have any information about this incident at all, to get in touch with us at their earliest opportunity.”
A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death is due to take place.
Those with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 286 of May 16.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.