CPS authorises further charge for Hanham tandem deaths


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Louise Cox, 35, from Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, with perverting the course of justice in connection with the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons following an incident in Hanham, South Gloucestershire last month.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn said "We have worked closely with Avon and Somerset police since this tragic incident. Following their extensive investigation I have now decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Louise Cox with perverting the course of justice. Ms Cox gave the police a false account at the scene of who was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision."

On 29 January, the CPS authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge Nicky Lovell with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He was also charged with driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance; and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

Ross and Clare Simons died at the scene after their tandem bicycle was in a collision with a car on Sunday 27 January.

Louise Cox will appear at North Avon Magistrates Court on Monday 4 March.