Tandem death families call for change to sentencing

The families of Ross and Clare Simons who were killed when they were knocked off their tandem in a hit-and-run in Hanham near Bristol have called for change to the law on sentencing.

Nicholas Lovell is serving 10.5 years after admitting two counts of causing death by dangerous driving but the families think he should be serving a separate sentence for each life taken.

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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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