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article imagePolice hope Google street view image will help solve crime

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 8, 2010 in Crime
Swadlincote - Police in the UK are hoping a street view image from Google Earth can help them solve a crime. They have issued the picture, which shows a man they would like to contact in connection with a theft.
On June 5, 2009 a caravan was stolen from the driveway of a house in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. Although the theft took place between 9.30am and 2pm, no one was able to report seeing anything which would help solve the crime.
A forensic examination of the wheel clamps that had been securing the white Abbey Adventura caravan took place, but the criminal was never traced.
In March the victim of the crime looked on a street view of his home on Google Earth and saw that a 4x4 vehicle was parked on his driveway, next to his caravan, and a man was standing beside it.
The owner does not recognise the man or the vehicle and thinks the image may have been captured shortly before his trailer was taken.
"It is amazing that we have such a clear image of a man who we think will be able to give us information that would help the police enquiry,” PC Adrian Mason, who is investigating the offence, said in a press release. “It was an amazing co-incidence that the Google Earth car was passing at that time.
"I've made extensive enquiries since the image was discovered but because the registration plate of the 4x4 is blanked out we have been unable to trace the man through his car. That is why we are appealing for the public's help.”
PC Adrian Mason is asking anyone who recognises the man to call him on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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