A Google Street View user was alarmed when they saw what they thought to be a murder in an Edinburgh road. 

The still image showed a lifeless body, face down in the road, with another man carrying a pick axe handle stood beside him. 

The concerned Google Street View user phoned the police, thinking they may be able to catch the murderer red-handed. 

But when officers arrived at the scene, the apparent murder turned out to be a prank. 

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The concerned Google Street View user phoned the police, thinking they may be able to catch the murderer red-handed.

When they got to the “crime” on Giles Street they were greeted by ‘the victim’ and ‘his attacker’ – mischievous car mechanics Dan Thompson, 56, and Gary Kerr, 31. 

The pranksters had improvised the scene after spotting the tech-ladden Googlecar rounding the street corner. 

The practical joke was discovered back in 2013. 

At the time, Thompson Motor garage boss Dan, who posed as the murder victim, said: “I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top. 

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“We just though we had to do something. This opportunity wasn’t coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street. 

“Giles Street is a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time. 

“We decided really quickly what to do and I lay down while Gary stood over me with a pick axe handle.” 

He added: “it was all we could think of in the few seconds we had. 

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“It was just devilment. We work on a backstreet in Leith – anything to liven up the day.” 

Google Maps Street View unearthed another creepy sighting at a pond in Michigan. 

A car was spotted in the water – but what was later discovered was a dead body inside. 

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