Mud dumped on grave of champion motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty

Mound of earth on top of Mr Hegarty's grave Image copyright Julie Hego Soal
Image caption Mr Hegarty's family was greeted by the mound of mud on the anniversary of his death

The family of a motorcyclist killed in a race said they were heartbroken after a mound of soil was left on his grave on the first anniversary of his death.

Daniel Hegarty, 31, from Nottingham, suffered fatal injuries when he came off his bike at the Macau Grand Prix on 18 November 2017.

The mud had been left ahead of a burial that was taking place later in the week.

Bingham Town Council has since moved the earth and apologised to the family.

The father-of-two was competing for Topgun Racing Honda, in China, when he crashed into barriers, losing his helmet and sustaining fatal injuries.

He died before arriving at hospital.

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Image caption Daniel Hegarty died following a crash during a race in China in 2017

Charley Johnson, a former partner of Mr Hegarty, said tributes which had been left to commemorate his life had been moved and a wooden board was propped close to his gravestone.

She said there had been "no apology" at the time and "no explanation" as to why it had happened.

"It shouldn't have happened in the first place," she said.

"[Daniel's] mother saw it first and no son should see [his father's grave] like that."

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In a statement, the council said it had "apologised unreservedly" to the family for the distress caused.

It said the soil was from "preparations" for another burial and added a "further review of standard procedures" would be considered.

Image copyright Charley Johnson

In April, an appeal to create a £10,000 trust fund for each of Mr Hegarty's two children was launched.

The motorcyclist was born in Nottingham and regularly competed at the Isle of Man TT. He was its Privateer champion in 2016.

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