The families of a couple killed by a banned driver in South Gloucestershire have taken their bid for tougher sentences to Downing Street
Nicholas Lovell pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons by dangerous driving.
Ross and Clare Simons were killed when their tandem bike collided with a car in Hanham, Bristol. Their joint funeral takes place today.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Louise Cox, 35, from Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, with perverting the course of justice in connection with the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons following an incident in Hanham last month.
– Allie Longhorn, CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor
We have worked closely with Avon and Somerset police since this tragic incident. Following their extensive investigation I have now decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Louise Cox with perverting the course of justice.
Ms Cox gave the police a false account at the scene of who was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.
38-year-old Nicky Lovell was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving on 29 January.
He was also charged with driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance; and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.
Ross and Clare Simons died at the scene after their tandem bicycle was in a collision with a car on Sunday 27 January.
Louise Cox will appear at North Avon Magistrates Court on Monday.
The funeral has taken place of a couple who were killed when their tandem bicycle was hit by a car. Ross and Clare Simons died instantly when they were struck at Hanham near Bristol three weeks ago.
Their coffins were brought in a single hearse at today's service at Westerleigh Crematorium. The family asked mourners to wear bright colours. Robert Murphy reports.
The Rev Peter Cook conducted this morning's funeral at Westerleigh Crematorium for Ross and Clare Simons. The couple were killed last month in Hanham, Bristol, when their tandem bike collided with a car. At the end of the service mourners covered the two coffins with roses.
Ross and Clare Simons were killed last month when their tandem bike collided with a car in Hanham, Bristol. Their bodies were carried in the same hearse to their joint funeral at Westerleigh Crematorium this morning. Mourners were asked to wear bright clothes.
The joint funeral is taking place this morning (Friday 15 February) of the Bristol couple killed when a car collided with their tandem bike in Hanham on 27 January. Family and friends will be gathering at Westerleigh Crematorium at 11am.
38-year-old Nicholas Lovell has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
The funeral of a couple killed in an alleged hit and run is to be held at Westerleigh Crematorium today. Ross and Clare Simons died when they were knocked off their tandem bike in Hanham.
The family are asking for mourners to wear bright colours and not to bring flowers but a collection will be made for an IVF charity as the pair were about to start treatment and this might give another couple the chance of a child.
Mourners are expected to gather at a vigil later to pay their respects to a couple who died in a collision while riding a tandem.
Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, died at the scene of the crash in Hanham on Sunday.
It will be held at 3.45pm on Lower Hanham Road, Hanham where the collision happened.
A 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.