Google Street View mystery solved
Published 12/08/2010 | 16:22
A girl whose apparently lifeless body was spotted on Google's Street View service had simply fallen over while playing near her home, it has emerged.
The bizarre image, thought to be that of 10-year-old Azura Beebeejaun, had prompted concern for the welfare of the person seen lying sprawled across the pavement in Middle Road, Worcester.
Believed to have been captured by Google's cameras last summer, the picture went live on the internet in March.
Some readers contacted the Worcester News to express concern about the supposed "corpse", but inquiries by the newspaper established the girl concerned was alive and well.
A spokeswoman for Google said anyone who was unhappy with an image shown on Street View could ask for it to be removed or blurred.
The spokeswoman said: "The imagery in Street View represents a snapshot in time of Britain's streets and is no different to what anyone might expect to see for themselves around the country.
"Sometimes that means our cars inadvertently capture odd or inappropriate moments as they drive past."