A descendant of the C Hoare & Co banking family was caught drink-driving when he used his new BMW to pick up four girls while at nearly twice the legal limit. Henry Hoare , 18, whose family live in the Grade-II listed Hollycombe House in Liphook, Hampshire , was staying at their multi-million-pound London property in Belgravia when he was called by his female friends asking for a lift in the early hours. He had drunk four pints of beer and as he drove home he was stopped by the police for speeding. He slipped when he was asked to get out of the car and was unsteady on his feet. The finance student at Bristol University pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court to driving the black Series 1 vehicle, with excess alcohol in his breath, in Eaton Square on December 15 last year. He was supported in court by his stockbroker father, Tim Hoare , 63, who founded the hugely successful T Hoare & Co in 1993. The court heard how Hoare was well over the drink-drive limit when he was stopped at 2.20am , around the corner from his London home and 500 yards from C Hoare & Co's Knightsbridge branch. On Thursday he was fined £400, with £80 costs, ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and disqualified from driving for a year. Robin Falvey , defending, told the court: 'He receives an allowance and it would be disingenuous for me to say his family will not pay his financial penalty. 'I have spoken to his father, who sits at the back of the court, and he says that since obtaining his licence his son has been very responsible in relation to driving and drink-driving.' He added: 'He never intended to drive?…?[when] some female friends asked for a lift. 'At that time of night he should have told them to get a taxi.' But district judge Davinder Lachhar disagreed, saying: 'He intended to drive and he did drive. These terms are used too liberally.' She told Hoare: 'Your female friends should have gone home on their own volition.' The family's wealth stems from C Hoare & Co, Britain's oldest bank, which was founded in 1672 by Sir Richard Hoare and continues to be run by the eleventh generation of his direct descendants. Chancellor George Osborne has his mortgage with the bank and it has only two branches, the other being in Fleet Street , London. The only way to join is by invitation from an existing account holder. Former customers include Jane Austen , Lord Byron and Eton College .
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