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Dead girl' captured on Google Street View


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« on: August 16, 2010, 11:01:55 pm »




Fears that Google's Street View camera car had captured an image of its first corpse have been allayed after the apparently lifeless child was found to be alive and well.

Residents of Middle Road, Worcester, had a nasty surprise when using Google's mapping service after it showed the body of a young girl sprawled on the pavement.

Yesterday, however, the child was located and named, having reportedly been playing a prank with a friend which Google inadvertently captured.

Azura Beebeejaun, aged 10, told Worcester News that she had no idea she had been snapped, and may have fallen over as the car went past.

The paper had received calls from readers concerned for the welfare of the girl, whose photograph was taken by the web giant last year. An investigation soon revealed the identity and whereabouts of Beebeejaun, and more importantly that she had not collapsed on the pavement.

A spokeswoman for Google said anyone who was unhappy with an image shown on street view could ask for it to be removed or blurred, however at the time of writing the picture remains.

"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," said the spokeswoman.



"Sometimes that means our cars inadvertently capture odd or inappropriate moments as they drive past."

Among the odder moments has been the repeat appearance of "horse boy" in Scotland a being which appears to have the body of a man but the head of a horse.

No explanation has been given regarding the origins of the beast, whose image has been captured twice in Aberdeen, although some have suggested it may be a man wearing a rubber horse mask.

Google street view also attracted attention last year, when it emerged one of its camera cars had struck a baby deer in upstate New York, capturing the fawn's image and uploading it to the mapping site.



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