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Sentencing for tandem deaths

Nicholas Lovell, who admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, has been sentenced to 10.5 years.

Ross and Clare Simons were killed when they were knocked off their tandem bicycle in a hit-and-run in Hanham near Bristol in January.

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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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