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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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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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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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