Family statement ahead of tandem funeral

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Tributes at the crash scene on Lower Hanham Road Photo: PA

Ross and Clare Simons, who were described by friends as "two peas in a pod", were hoping to start a family and had just been given the go-ahead to start IVF treatment.

Less than 24 hours after celebrating the news, Mr Simons, 34, and his 30-year-old wife died when their bicycle was in collision with a Citroen Picasso car. The incident, on January 27, happened on Lower Hanham Road in Hanham, near Bristol.

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A message left at the scene Credit: PA

Their joint funeral takes places at Westerleigh Crematorium, at 11am today (Firday 15 February). Their family have issued this statement:

'We ask all who attend not to bring flowers as they will only be disposed of after a short time. Instead, we would appreciate donations that will be collected on the day, which will be forwarded to a Bristol IVF charity in the hope that it will give some other couple the chance of having a child. Both families are sure this is what Ross and Clare would have wanted. Also, could anyone who attends make sure they wear bright colours, and no black.'

Meanwhile, Nicholas Lovell, 38, of Oldland Common, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop at an accident. Following a hearing at North Avon Magistrates' Court he was remanded into custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court later this month.