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Tandem death family call for change to sentencing

The family 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 family think he should be serving a separate sentence for each life taken.

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Judge's comments on tandem death crash case

Nicholas Lovell remained emotionless throughout the proceedings.

The reading of the charges does not begin to reflect the gravity of this matter or the effect it has had on so many. The circumstances of the collision are too grim to describe now; everyone has heard them. There is no doubt that this is the most serious of offences conceivable of this type.

– Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, passing sentence.

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