Police are hunting an attacker following a vicious stabbing at a town centre takeaway at the weekend.
A 23-year-old man suffered multiple wounds in the incident at American, Market Street, in the early hours on Sunday.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital.
Police have appealed for information into the incident which took place at around 4.45am.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “A male was stabbed in the head, torso and arm.
“ It appears the offender has left the scene and jumped into a taxi.
“The victim is a local man, aged 23.
“If anybody saw anything at the time they can give us a call on 101 quoting reference 255 of October 5.”
A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We got the initial call at 4.45am and arrived at the scene at 4.49am.
“We sent both an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
“The ambulance took the male patient to Royal Preston Hospital.
“He suffered multiple stab wounds, including a slight wound to the neck, head upper body and arm.
“The hospital was informed prior to the arrival of the patient and the nature of the incident.”
The victim received treatment to his wounds at hospital and was later discharged. Police said his attacker is known to the victim and that their inquiries were ongoing.
Meanwhile in a busy weekend for police, a man was due in court yesterday following a robbery in Clayton-le-Woods.
Police said a man threatened people known to him with what turned out to be a replica firearm.
In another incident, police officers were threatened with what turned out to be a gas-powered weapon and a knife in Monks Drive, Withnell. A person has been arrested but there are no charges as yet
Inspector Dave Robinson, of Chorley Police, said: “Both incidents were quickly resolved due to the quick-thinking, courage and tenacity of the officers involved. Thankfully, these incidents are rare but necessarily require a swift and positive response which of course requires prioritisation over other incidents.’’