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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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.