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Mechanics admit engineering Google Street 'murder' prank

Claire Carter

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

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Screen grab taken from Google Street View of a man towering over an apparently lifeless body with a pick axe handle, which prompted a Google Street View user to contact police to report a murder. PA
Screen grab taken from Google Street View of a man towering over an apparently lifeless body with a pick axe handle, which prompted a Google Street View user to contact police to report a murder. PA

When Google Street View captured a sinister image of an armed man standing over an apparently lifeless body on a road, one user lost no time in calling the police to report a murder.

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But when officers arrived at the scene of the crime they found the "dead" man alive and well.

The apparent murderer and his victim were actually a pair of mechanics who had faked the incident when they saw a Google camera car passing their garage in Leith, Edinburgh. Dan Thompson (56), boss of Tomson Motor Company, and mechanic Gary Kerr (31) said they could not resist the opportunity for "devilment" when they saw the car. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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