Garage owner apologises for faking 'murder scene'

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A garage owner in Edinburgh has been forced to apologise after being caught on Google Street View staging a 'murder scene'.
> Dan Thompson, 56, who owns Tomson Motor in Giles Street, was forced to say sorry to police after Google users complained about the harrowing scene on the cobbled back street.

The incident occurred in August 2012 when the mechanic laid in the road while a colleague stood over his motionless body with a pick axe handle after spotting the Google Street View car from a distance.

Web users didn't see the funny side of the prank and a year later – after Google had uploaded the images to its popular mapping site – the complaints came rolling in.

Mr Thompson 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.


"There are pictures of men on Google flashing their bums but we thought we would be more classy.

"We had forgotten about it when the police arrived a year later and we apologised for wasting police time. They found it funny."

This isn't the first time Google Maps has fallen foul of a bystander's privacy after a father from Richmond, California petitioned to have an image removed that allegedly depicted the body of his murdered son.

Jose Barrera claimed a satellite shot that showed a body laid next to some rail tracks while police detectives surveyed the scene was, in fact, the body of his son.

Google updated its images of the area as soon as it was made aware of the situation.