Police investigated this Google Earth shot showing an 'axe
murder'. Photo: Google Earth
A prank went slightly wrong for a Scottish garage owner
who staged a fake murder scene that was caught on Google Street
Dan Thompson, who owns Tomson Motor in Edinburgh, had to
apologise after receiving a visit from the police, BBC
Mr Thompson lay in the road pretending to be dead while a
colleague stood over him with a pick axe handle after
spotting the Google camera car nearby.
He told the BBC Scotland news website: "By complete fluke I
saw the Google car coming along the road but it had to loop
the block so I had one minute to rush back inside the garage
and set up the murder scene.
The incident happened in August 2012 but it was not until a
year later, once the pictures had been uploaded onto the
Google site, that police were alerted, after a web user saw
the image and made a complaint.
"We had forgotten about it when the police arrived a year
later and we apologised for wasting police time. They found