The UK’s freak winter weather has claimed the lives of thousands of Street View figures as blizzards continue to bury roads under tonnes of snow.
In one of the worst hit areas in the Pennines farmers have been out with tractors in a bid to rescue the hapless figures. “It’s terrible,” said one farmer, Martin Phelpington “I’ve found three of ‘em dead so far. The sad thing is they’d tried to shelter under their little green pointers but the snow was just too heavy and they were overcome.”
Police have urged Google users not to use Street View during the current weather, particularly in the north of the country. “I don’t think the public realise just how harsh the conditions are out here. They are not only putting Street View figures at risk but diverting emergency services away from rescuing sheep and old ladies too.”
Similar reports have been received in the West of Scotland where temporary rescue shelters have been set up in isolated schools. “We found three figures huddled together under one drift,” said a spokesman for West Coast rescue services. “Luckily we managed to pull them out and are now tracking their IP addresses to see who sent them out in such terrible conditions.”
In a related incident the top of a Street View vehicle was discovered poking out of a large snow drift in Cumbria. Rescue services used spades and shovels to bury it even deeper.