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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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Tandem crash family press for tougher sentences

The family of Ross and Clare Simons have said they will be campaigning for a change in the law to get tougher sentences for killer drivers. They said that Nicky Lovell would serve just three years' imprisonment for each life he took in the horrific crash in January this year, near Bristol.

We thank the judge for imposing the maximum sentence he could, however we feel cheated by the justice system that does not allow a longer sentence to be imposed for the tragic loss of their lives considering his past convictions. The people who took their lives will never understand what they have taken away from us and have never shown any remorse for their actions. While they will serve a few years in prison, we and those close to Ross and Clare, have been given life sentences. We are not just mourning the present but for the wonderful future they would have surely given us.

– Kelly Woodruff, sister of Ross Simons

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