Tributes to Cyclists

Mourners lined the road in silence as the bodies of two cyclists killed after an alleged hit and run passed through Hanham near Bristol. They were paying tribute to Ross and Clare Simons who were riding a tandem when they died.

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Avon and Somerset Police charge Nicky Lovell with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving

I have today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Nicky Lovell with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

I have also authorised charges of driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance; and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

Our thoughts are today with the victims' families."

– Allie Longhorn, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service

Nicky Lovell to appear at court tomorrow morning

A motorist was tonight charged with killing a husband and wife who died when they were knocked off their tandem bicycle.

Nicky Lovell, 38, will appear before North Avon Magistrates' Court tomorrow accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Lovell, of Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, has also been charged with driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

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Community offer support after cyclists death

Police are tonight continuing to question a 38-year-old man after an alleged hit and run killed two cyclists, Ross Simons and his wife Clare. A woman has been released on bail.

The couple lived in Hanham, just outside Bristol. Today, the community there offered its support to their grieving relatives coming to terms with their loss. Watch Richard Payne's report.

The family of cyclists release statement

The families of Ross and Clare Simons have released a short statement:

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.

– Family statement

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Vigil held in Bristol for cyclists

A vigil has taken place in Bristol for two cyclists who were killed following an alleged hit and run at the weekend. Husband and wife Ross and Clare Simons died after the tandem they were riding was struck by a car which was being pursued by police. They're still questioning a man.

Hit and run family pay tribute: "A very special couple have been taken from us"

Clare and Ross Simons Credit: ITV News West Country

The families of Ross and Clare Simons have released a short statement following their tragic loss of life .

They said, "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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