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Google cameras stumble on 'murder' scene

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By Euronews
Google cameras stumble on 'murder' scene

<p>They have captured the nude, the stupid and the downright bizarre.</p> <p>But how many images published by Google on its Street View service have prompted the police to get involved?</p> <p>That’s exactly what happened in Edinburgh, Scotland, when two pranksters staged a murder scene.</p> <p>Garage boss Dan Thompson and mechanic Gary Kerr acted out the ‘killing’ after seeing a Google car – complete with its roof-mounted camera – approaching their work premises in Giles Street, Edinburgh.</p> <p>The image, captured in August 2012, wasn’t published by Google until months later. </p> <p>Police got involved after a web user spotted the picture and, thinking it was a real murder, reported it.</p> <p>Uniformed officers turned up at the garage to investigate the ‘murder’, but left after the duo had explained the joke.</p> <p>Thompson, explaining the gag, said: “I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top. Giles Street is in a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time. We just thought we had to do something. This opportunity wasn’t coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street.</p> <p>“We decided really quickly what to do and I lay down while Gary stood over me with a pick axe handle. I wish we’d a little more time because we would have went out mob-handed and really staged an elaborate tableau for the camera.”</p> <p>Picture credit: Google Maps</p>