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Sentencing for man who killed Bristol tandem couple

Ross and Clare Simons died after their tandem bike was hit by a car in Hanham Credit: Family

A disqualified driver from Bristol who admitted causing the deaths of a married couple on their tandem bike will be sentenced today.

Ross and Claire Simons were riding along Lower Hanham Road in January when they were hit by a car driven by 38-year-old Nicholas Lovell from Oldland Common. Lovell's partner Louise Cox will also be sentenced for perverting the course of justice.

Man pleads guilty to tandem bike deaths: full report

A man who was disqualified from driving, has admitted killing a couple near Bristol, after hitting them with his car. They were out for an afternoon ride on their tandem.

Nicholas Lovell today pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of husband and wife Ross and Clare Simons, who've been described by their families as the perfect couple.

Richard Payne reports:

Police statement on tandem deaths

Avon and Somerset Police have issued a statement following today's court case. Nicholas Lovell pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of Ross and Clare Simons in a hit and run in Hanham near Bristol.

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

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.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Williams, Avon and Somerset Police

The statement continues:

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.We now await sentencing on May 22.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Williams, Avon and Somerset Police

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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.

Tandem deaths: man due in court

Ross and Claire Simmons were knocked off their tandem on this road in Hanham. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man will appear in court today in connection with the deaths of two cyclists in Hanham near Bristol three months ago.

Nicholas Lovell has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Husband and wife Ross and Claire Simmons died when their tandem bike was hit by a car.

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