A MEMBER of one of Britain's wealthiest families has been fined £660 after being found guilty of failing to provide information which could help to identify a speeder.

Magistrates at Wrexham heard a Land Rover Freelander had been photographed by a speed camera doing 35mph in a 30mph limit on January 15 in Overton Road at Bangor-on-Dee.

Lady Tamara van Cutsem, 39, of Shocklach Oviatt, Malpas, Cheshire, denied failing to give information to identify the driver of the Land Rover to North Wales Police in February.

She must pay £706 costs and received six penalty points.

Court chairman Sanjay Bhalla said a police form stated in bold that she needed to provide all names of potential drivers.

The new procedure in place on her farm to log drivers taking keys “in itself identifies what existed was insufficient”.

Howard Jones, defending at North East Wales Magistrates Court, argued Lady Tamara had shown “reasonable diligence” in her efforts to identify the driver.

Staff had been quizzed and attempts made to check CCTV and tracking systems.

Mr Jones said: "The defendant receives the notice and then does an internal inquiry to find out who was driving this pool vehicle on that particular date because she didn’t believe it was herself and didn’t wish to admit to an offence she hadn’t committed.

“She didn’t want to mislead anyone.”

But barrister Ember Wong, prosecuting, said: "The defendant has failed to provide the names of potential drivers easily available to her.”

Lady Tamara told the magistrates: "We have six fleet vehicles under my name.

"We have a farm business and it’s easier to have cars that employees can drive.

"Whichever car is spare they take.”

She said the Land Rover was the most frequently used fleet car and there was a cupboard where the keys were kept.

She had been able to rule out her husband as the driver because he had been in London.

“I simply don’t know if I was the driver at the time. I didn’t want to lie on the paper,” she said.

The court heard Lady Tamara had told police that the vehicles were used by herself, her husband and 10 employees but three of the staff could be eliminated too.

“It disappoints me the offence has been committed,” she had written to the speeding ticket department.

“This section of the road is frequently travelled by this vehicle.”

CCTV and tracker evidence had been wiped clear before attempts were made to check it.

Miss Wong insisted to Lady Tamara: "You didn’t do everything you could do in the circumstances."

Lady Tamara replied: "Yes I did.”

House manager Oliver Harris said procedures had since changed. “We have put in a driver log,” he said.

“We have had two people speeding post this event but have been able to know who has been driving on both those occasions.”

He added: "This was something we haven’t dealt with before.”

Lady Tamara is eldest daughter of the then Duke and Duchess of Westminster.

Lady Tamara Grosvenor married banker Edward van Cutsem at Chester Cathedral on November 6, 2004.

Princes William and Harry were ushers at Tamara and Edward's wedding which was attended by the Queen.

Lady Tamara’s brother Hugh, at 25, became Britain’s richest property owner and the country’s newest billionaire when his father Gerald died.