Village Mob Thwarts Google Street View Car

Angry English villagers formed a human chain to thwart the progress of a Google Street View car that was in the process of taking photographs of their homes.

Police were called to Broughton in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London, Wednesday after furious villagers blocked one of the cars, complaining it was an invasion of their privacy and that the photographs would attract burglaries.

Paul Jacobs, a local resident, spotted the car Wednesday morning, thanks to the distinctive 360-degree camera attached to its roof.

He told the driver not to enter the village, then roused fellow residents by knocking on their doors. The driver eventually did a U-turn and left the scene.

Google Street View, a controversial mapping service that launched in the U.K. last month, gives 360-degree views of Britain's biggest cities, allowing people to take virtual tours from their computers or mobile phones.

In the past six weeks there have been three break-ins in Broughton, near the city of Milton Keynes, and residents fears that the digital photographs of their roads would be used as a tool in further burglaries.

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