Man admits tandem deaths

A man has admitted causing the deaths of a couple by dangerous driving after he collided with their tandem bike in Hanham near Bristol in January.

Man to be sentenced next month over tandem deaths

Nicholas Lovell will be sentenced on the 22 May for causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons by dangerous driving after he collided with their tandem bike near Bristol in January.

Nicholas Lovell pleaded guilty to the charge of death by dangerous driving Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Mr Lovell's partner Louise Cox has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and will also be sentenced next month.

Louise Cox Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police: Tandem couple 'needlessly lost their lives'

On Sunday January 27 of this year, Clare and Ross Simons needlessly lost their lives following a fatal collision on Hanham High Street.

This collision was caused by Nicholas Lovell, a disqualified driver who got behind the wheel of the car and drove at speed, before losing control and striking the couple while they cycled.

Nicholas Lovell then ran away from the scene in a bid to escape, leaving behind Louise Cox who then deliberately and callously set out to mislead police at the scene.

The pleas entered today by both Nicholas Lovell and Louise Cox reflect that both have taken some responsibility for the deaths of Ross and Clare. While these pleas will never bring Ross and Clare back, I hope they go some way to providing comfort for their families.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Williams of Avon and Somerset Police

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Couple killed in hit-and-run were recently married

Ross and Clare Simons had been married for about 18-months when they were killed after a man knocked them off their tandem bike in January in Bristol.

Nicholas Lovell, 38, will be sentenced in four weeks after pleading guilty to causing the deaths by dangerous driving of the couple.

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

Mr Lovell's partner Louise Cox has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

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Lovell pleads guilty to killing tandem bike couple

Nicholas Lovell pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving.
Nicholas Lovell pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nicholas Lovell has pleaded guilty to the death by dangerous driving of husband and wife Ross and Clare Simons who were killed when they were knocked off their tandem bicycle in a hit and run in Hanham near Bristol in January.

His partner Louise Cox has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.