Google Maps can be useful when you want to meet up with pals at a new pub they’ve found, or if you want to be sure that you know how to get to that crucial job interview on time, but it’s also a prime source of entertainment and drama, if you know where to look.
Limehouse, for example, in London’s East End. Once a working dock and the home of fictional super villain Fu Manchu, it’s now a posh neighbourhood favoured by actors and artists.
But there’s still a bit of action going on, as this screen capture of a property on Commercial Road taken by an eagle-eyed Reddit user reveals.
A police van is inexplicably tipped on its side outside the building, and scattered around are cars presumably belonging to concerned coppers that are trying to figure out what’s going on.
A Met Police spokesperson told Daily Star Online that without knowing exactly when the incident occurred, they were unable to say what had happened in this case. Google’s Press Office is not currently responding to emails.
The commenters on Reddit have a few helpful guesses as to what might be happening though.
One suggested “The van just wanted to get its good side for the photo shoot” while another wag added “He’s just takin’ a nap.”
Google’s Streetview is a constant source of wild and wacky images, from a flock of human pigeons in Tokyo to a fairytale wedding on the A412 just south of Uxbridge’s Crooked Billet services, al human life is there if you have the patience to search around.
There’s even a Streeview image of someone creating the original old-school street view – a painter in London’s Kensington Gardens painting the passers-by.
While some street view images capture bizarre or amusing events that were never meant to be shown to the world, in some cases you get the impression that locals knew the camera car was on its way – such as the bloke in Alaska who just happened to be sitting on his porch dressed as a bear when photographic immortality came calling.