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Bristol Tandem Cyclists' Deaths: Man Charged

A man has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving after a husband and wife were knocked off their tandem bike in Hanham, near Bristol, on Sunday.

Nicky Lovell will appear before North Avon Magistrates' Court later.

The 38-year-old, of Oldland Common, south Gloucestershire, has also been charged with driving while disqualified, driving without third party insurance and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

Allie Longhorn, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Nicky Lovell with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

"I have also authorised charges of driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

"Our thoughts are today with the victims' families."

Lovell was arrested hours after the collision.

Ross, 34, and Clare Simons, 30, died in the crash just hours after they celebrated the news that they could undergo fertility treatment to start a family.

In a statement, their families 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."

Around 100 people attended a vigil for the pair at the scene on Monday night.

The car involved was being followed by Avon and Somerset Police officers before the accident. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.