Man remanded in tandem death crash case

Ross and Clare Simons
Image caption Tributes to Ross and Clare Simons have been left near the scene

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of a couple who were knocked off their tandem bicycle near Bristol.

Nicholas Lovell, 38, was arrested following the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons in Hanham on Sunday.

The car allegedly involved in the crash was being followed by police.

Mr Lovell, from Oldland Common, was remanded in custody by North Avon magistrates charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Lovell, of West Street, has also been charged with driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Kathryn Jones, prosecuting, told the court: "The incident on the 27th resulted unfortunately in the fatalities of the two individuals that have been named."

Mr Lovell confirmed his name and date of birth and was remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 21 February.

The case was referred by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

But after an independent assessment by IPCC investigators, the body has decided Avon and Somerset Police can investigate the incident.

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