A woman in her 50s fought off a man who attacked her with a walking stick.
She was grabbed from behind by the man and was able to turn around and face him to defend herself.
After she had fought him off the attacker ran towards the area around Clift Street and Newtown Road.
This attack happened at about 10pm on Thursday, February 22.
The woman was not injured and nothing was stolen from her.
Cumbria Constabulary are investigating the incident and have said that it is not thought to have been sexually motivated.
The victim has described her attacker as a white man in his 20s, about 5'8" tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.
Police have asked anyone who was walking or driving in the area of Newtown Road, Ruthella St and Lawson St around 9pm onwards and may have seen a lone woman walking with a stick to contact police with any information.
Police can be contacted on 101 or using crimestoppers 0800 555 111.