Google Street View captures cheeky pranksters carrying out ‘axe murder’

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Google's camera car seemingly caught two 'axe-wielding murderers bludgeoning a man to death' in broad daylight on a UK street.

It shows the 'killers' braced to strike again as their 'victim' lies spread-eagle on the ground in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

But all is not as it seems, reports StokeonTrentLive.

The bizarre scene was actually posed by quick-thinking pranksters from Blythe Bridge-based JMZ Ltd, who jumped into position after spotting the distinctive Google liveried car with its camera poking out of the roof.

The image – captured in Elburton Road just a short distance from Fenton Methodist Church in 2014 – has resurfaced again after being shared on social media.

Anyone wanting to check it out for themselves can still still see the 'crime scene' on Google Street View.

Paul Ingle, the boss of JMZ Ltd which specialises in driveways, paving and patios, was surprised to learn the photo was doing the rounds again on social media.

Paul, who employs three workers after setting up the business 20 years ago, told StokeonTrentLive: "The 'crime' was a while ago now, I'd almost forgotten all about it!

"It was just a bit of harmless fun. The lads had spotted the Google camera car going past so when it came back down they quickly got in position to make it look like a murder was happening.

"I remember we got a bit of grief at the time saying the lads should have been working and not messing around but it only took a couple of seconds.

"I'm glad it's given a few people a bit of a laugh – and it's great free advertising!"

The bizarre scene was shared to Reddit under the caption: 'Quick, the Google car is coming.'

But social media weren't fooled and took to the comments section to air their views.

"What is even going on there?", asked one, while a second responded: "Some guys doing landscaping saw a google street mapping car going around the neighbourhood and decided to have some fun."

A third commented: "Just Minecraft Steve harvesting the bodies for some meat."

And when a fourth wrote: "Even with the blur I can tell the guy on the left is laughing his a** off."

Others more specifically pointed out the location in which the scenario took place, with one writing: "This is Fenton ain't it? Never thought I'd see good old Stoke on Reddit."

Another added: 'Yup, by the Methodist church.'

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