A driver has been fined after refusing to tell police who was behind the wheel when his car was caught racing along the M25 at more than 100mph.

Speed cameras clocked a white Volkswagen Golf, registered to Mohammed Abu Hassan, of Sherbourne Avenue, Luton, doing 107mph on the motorway at Epping in October last year.

A letter was sent to the 27-year-old days later, with a notice to disclose who was driving at the time of the incident.

Hassan responded naming another person as the nominated driver. However, Essex Police were unable to trace the person, who was not living at the address the car owner had provided.

He was then warned the information provided was insufficient and given seven days to make a correct nomination, to which he did not reply.

Hassan later again stated he was not driving at the time but failed to nominate a driver when given another opportunity to do so.

At Colchester Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, October 4, he was disqualified from driving for six months, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and costs of £620.

PC Dan Cordwell, from the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Unit, said: “We continue to see a lot of people ignoring notices sent by the Police in the hope they will go away. They won't.

"Speed limits are in place for a reason: to keep drivers and other road users safe.

"If a registered keeper fails to respond to letters or falsely claims someone else was driving, this will only make matters worse and we are sometimes left with only one option, which is to have the matter heard in court.

"If found guilty, you will get a conviction or possibly disqualified from driving and a large fine, as Mr. Hassan did”