Police are investigating after reports of a stabbing in Piccadilly Gardens this afternoon.

Images from the scene show a large police cordon in place.

A witness at the scene meanwhile reported 'large numbers' of emergency services present.

She said paramedics were also called.

The cordon is understood to be in place around benches in an area at the bottom of Piccadilly Gardens, opposite Burger King near the bus station.

Greater Manchester Police are expected to give an update.

Another image as investigations continue

Police officers in Piccadilly Gardens (Image: Steve Allen)

Forensic investigators at the scene

Police officers in Piccadilly Gardens after reports of a stabbing (Image: Steve Allen)

Police say enquiries are ongoing

Another image from the scene

Police in Piccadilly Gardens after reports of a stabbing (Image: Steve Allen)

The scene this evening

Police cordon in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, after reports of a stabbing (Image: Steve Allen)

The cordon is in place opposite the bus station

Police in Piccadilly Gardens after a serious incident

Police at the scene

Police officers in Piccadilly Gardens with a large cordon in place

'It looks like someone has been injured'

A witness has described emergency services at the scene.

The woman said there were large numbers present.

"It looks serious.," she said.

"There's an ambulance here and there's a lot of police.

"It looks like someone has been injured.

"There's lots of police officers within this cordoned off area. There's a large cordon and a lot of police in there at the moment."