Driver admits killing tandem couple

Ross and Clare Simons were killed when their tandem bike was struck by a car in Bristol

Louise Cox, 35, leaves Bristol Crown Court where she admitted providing police with a false name and description

Friends and family of Ross and Clare Simons arrive at Bristol Crown Court where Nicky Lovell, 38, admitted killing the couple

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A driver has admitted killing a couple after mowing them down in his car as they rode their tandem bike.

Nicky Lovell, 38, entered guilty pleas to causing the deaths of "perfect couple" Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, in the accident in Hanham, near Bristol, on January 27 this year.

Lovell, of Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of driving while disqualified.

Louise Cox, 35, who owns the Citroen Picasso which was driven by Lovell, pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice. Cox, of Bristol, admitted providing police with a false name and description when she was asked to identify who had been driving her car.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared for Cox. He told Cox, who wore a grey hoodie in the dock: "The fact I am adjourning the case is no indication of the type of sentence you will receive."

Cox was released on police bail and the judge remanded Lovell in custody. The case will next be heard at Bristol Crown Court on May 22.

Lovell, wearing glasses and a baggy T-shirt in court, spoke only to confirm his name and enter three guilty pleas during the ten-minute hearing. He pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Mr and Mrs Simons by driving dangerously on January 27 this year. Lovell also admitted driving while disqualified on the same date.

Cox spoke only to plead guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice on January 27 by giving the police a false name and description when asked to identify the driver of her vehicle after the collision.

Speaking outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Williams of Avon and Somerset Police said she hoped the guilty verdicts would provide "some comfort" to Mr and Mrs Simons' families.

The detective said: "The pleas entered today by both Nicholas Lovell and Louise Cox reflect that both have taken some responsibility for the deaths of Ross and Clare. While these pleas will never bring Ross and Clare back, I hope they go some way to providing comfort for their families."

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