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Speedway team cancels meeting as mark of respect

The Lakeside Hammers have pulled out of a race meeting tonight as a mark of respect for Lee Richardson, who died while competing in Poland.

The speedway team has cancelled its scheduled Elite League match with the Coventry Bees.

Hammers owner Stuart Douglas said they felt it was the right thing to do.

It is important for our riders to get together sooner rather than later to collectively mourn the loss of our Skipper, but it won’t be on Monday.

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Speedway mourns Lee Richardson

The world of speedway has been paying its respects to Lee Richardson.

Many of his colleagues took to Twitter to leave their tributes, with Belle Vue rider Rory Schlein summing up the feelings of those who knew the Lakeside Hammers rider.

Riders pay respects to Lee Richardson

Speedway riders have been paying tribute to Lee Richardson.

British international Lewis Bridger called for the sport to be halted for a day as a mark of respect.

RIP Rico. Top, top bloke in the sport; I looked up to you so much man.

I'm in tears right now. I really don't want to believe this.

Out of respect all speedway tomorrow night should be cancelled.

Rico a true legend in the sport and a good friend.

Tributes paid to speedway rider

Tributes have been paid to British speedway rider Lee Richardson, who has been killed in Poland.

World champion Greg Hancock was among his colleagues who took to Twitter to pay their respects.

Lee Richardson dies in speedway accident

Speedway rider Lee Richardson has died following a crash in Poland, his British team confirmed last night.

Richardson, 33, was competing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw when he crashed into a safety fence.

Lee Richardson died following a crash in Poland Credit: Lakeside Hammers

A statement on the Hammers' website read: "All at the club are devastated at the loss of a great captain, man and more than anything else a wonderful father and husband.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this most sad of times and we know that all Hammers fans will share our total devastation at this tragic news."

Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook added: "I am numb and just can't take this in.

"Lee's loss to his family is beyond imagination and I can't see further than that at the moment."

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