'Hit and run' suspect quizzed

Officers have been granted more time to question a 38-year-old man on suspicion of killing a married couple in an alleged hit-and-run in Bristol. The couple, who were on a tandem bike, have been named as Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30.

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Family tribute to a 'very special couple' killed in hit and run

The families of Mr and Mrs Simons have released a short statement paying tribute to the couple:

Both of our families are completely devastated by the tragic events that took Ross and Clare from us.

A very special couple have been taken from us and we have no words to describe our loss.

We would all appreciate it if our privacy was respected at this difficult time in order for us to grieve as a family.

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Tributes left to 'fantastic' couple killed in hit and run

Friends and locals have left flowers and pictures of a couple killed in a hit and run in Bristol.

Ross and Clare Simons, who had been married for around 18-months had just been given the go-ahead to start IVF treatment, they were killed after their tandem bicycle was struck by a car yesterday.

Flowers left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

Among the tributes was one card, which read: "Ross and Claire you were an amazing couple and fantastic people.

"You will be missed so so much by all.

"RIP gone but never forgotten. In our hearts forever.

"All our love Darren, Shelley and Joshua xxx."

Pictures left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

Another tribute read: "Ross and Claire.

"You will always be in our hearts. You will truly be missed and never forgotten.

"All our love, Paul and Sharon xxx."

One of the pictures left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

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Police tried to stop car before 'hit and run' incident

Avon and Somerset police have confirmed that an officers tried to stop the car just before it collided with two cyclists. A statement on their website said:

Shortly before 4pm yesterday (Sunday January 27), a police officer's attention was drawn to a Citroen Picasso travelling along Lower Hanham Road at speed.

The officer indicated to the car to stop but it made off. The officer began to follow the car but it was lost to sight almost immediately.

Very shortly afterwards the car stuck another vehicle and then collided with two cyclists on a tandem bicycle.

– Avon and Somerset police statement

Britsol residents shock over cyclists killed in street

Emergency workers at the scene of the hit and run in Bristol. Credit: ITV News

Residents of the predominately residential street in Hanham, Bristol, where two cyclists died this afternoon have spoken of their shock at the hit-and-run.

Beauty therapist Andrea Swerley, 28, lives next to the police cordon: "We got home and saw a helicopter in the air overhead and looking up the road, which they were just closing, we could see lots of police. It's just a shock, nothing like this has happened here before."

Landlord of The Queens Head, Patrick Murphy, added: "It's just not nice that this has happened around here."

A 38-year-old man has been arrested after handing himself into police.

Man, 38, arrested after Bristol cyclist deaths

Emergency workers at the scene of the hit and run in Bristol.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested after handing himself into police following a hit and run accident in which two cyclists were killed.

A man and a woman were struck and killed before the driver of a Citroen car fled the scene in Hanham, near Bristol.

Police were called to Lower Hanham Road shortly after 3.50pm.

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