24/04/2013

Guilty Plea For Tandem Deaths

A man has pleaded guilty to the deaths of two cyclists, who he knocked them off their tandem bicycle while being pursued by police.

38-year-old Nicholas Lovell of West Street, Oldland Common, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, died at the scene in Hanham, Bristol on 27 January.

Lovell also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.

Bristol Crown Court heard that at the time of the crash Lovell was driving a Citroen Picasso owned by Louise Cox, 35, also of Oldland Common, who admitted perverting the course of justice, at the hearing.

Before the collision, which is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Avon and Somerset Police said an officer indicated for the car to stop but then lost sight of it.

(H/CD)


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