Horrific racist graffiti was daubed on a defibrillator, used to save lives, in a town centre in Greater Manchester.

The words 'for whites only' and 'no n******' were written on the device in the civic square in Denton, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne, who after learning of the graffiti went to clean it off with his wife Allison, says he will be asking Tameside Council to check CCTV in the area in a bid to catch the "scumbag" who did it.

In a post on Facebook Mr Gwynne wrote: "Whichever scumbag daubed horrific racist graffiti on the Civic Square defibrillator, just to let you know Allison and I went to scrub it off.

"When we got there, local resident, Victoria, was already cleaning it off. As we were talking to her, Tameside Council operatives arrived to do the same.

The local MP is calling on police to investigate the matter
The local MP is calling on police to investigate the matter

"THIS is the real Denton community. This machine is a lifesaver. It doesn’t discriminate and nor should we.

"PS we will be asking the Council to check the CCTV on Monday to see if the perpetrator of this sick hate crime can be identified.. Take your hate somewhere else. And thank you Victoria!"

In November, police investigated after a similar incident occurred at a supermarket in north London.

Sickening racist graffiti was scrawled on a sign advertising Black Friday in a staff canteen, leaving Tesco workers in South Tottenham, horrified.

The scribbled message, written in felt tip on a cardboard stand, read: "Slaves sold on a Friday."