A Lancashire social worker has been stabbed to death while on a house visit.
The attack occured this morning at Glebe Close, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire police said.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by officers.
Councillor Chris Cheetham, cabinet member for adult and community services at Lancashire county council, said: “I can confirm a serious incident happened today involving an employee of the county council. It is with sadness we can confirm that one of our social care workers has died. We are not in a position to release any further details at this stage.
“We are assisting the police in their investigation. We will also be carrying out our own thorough internal investigation alongside our health partners, the Lancashire Care NHS Trust.
“This is a tragic incident. My first thoughts are for his family and friends. On behalf of the authority I would like to offer our sincere condolences. It is a dreadful loss.”