Garage owner fakes Google 'murder'

Police investigated this Google Earth shot showing an 'axe murder'. Photo: Google Earth
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 View.

Dan Thompson, who owns Tomson Motor in Edinburgh, had to apologise after receiving a visit from the police, BBC reports.

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 it funny."

 

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