A man attacked a young girl with a baseball bat in broad daylight on Friday.
It is believed the 14-year-old girl was approached by a man brandishing a baseball bat as she walked down an alleyway between College Court and Ripon Street, Preston.
The man struck her several times on the head and body before he was disturbed mid-attack and chased away towards Plungington Road.
The girl was taken to Royal Preston Hospital and later discharged.
A 21-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and is currently in custody.
A police spokesman said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the young girl involved and it is fortunate that her injuries were not more serious.
“We would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting log number 0907 of June 12th.”