Residents were in panic after a Google Street View camera snapped this image – a girl’s BODY lying face-down on a pavement.
People living in Middle Road, St John’s, Worcester, were so concerned they contacted Google in case a crime had gone undetected.
The brown-haired girl, who was wearing a pink and brown dress, was apparently dead with her legs lying across the curb and onto the road.
Update: Google girl explains joke
But the ‘body’ was in fact a nine-year-old girl playing a prank with her friend.
The Google Street View camera took the snap last summer.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ”When we heard about the Street View images we had a look at our street and thought it was really cool.
”It might have been a joke but lots of people were very worried.
”When you see a young girl face-down on the pavement you wonder what on earth has happened to her.
”The worrying thing is that Google didn’t tell the police about the picture, after all they had no idea it was a prank.
”People here are just relieved it wasn’t something serious but questions have to be asked about the responsibility of Google to report these things in case a crime has been committed.”
A spokesman for Google 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.
”This is why we have put in place tools so that if people see what they believe to be inappropriate, they can report them to us using the simple reporting tool and the images will be quickly removed or further blurring applied.”
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