Nude pictures of girls found on Google Maps

A mother has spoken of her outrage after naked pictures of her two young children were posted on the internet.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 12:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 2:15 pm
Laura Haslam and her daughters Brooke and Eva

Laura Haslam’s daughters Brooke, four, and Eva, three were pictured playing nude in their paddling pool by internet giant Google Maps.

While the faces of the youngsters were blurred, their bodies could clearly be seen using the website’s ‘street view’ option.

Laura, from Knott End, said: “I feel scared because I don’t know how many people have seen it.

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“If some pervert has seen it that would just make me feel sick.

“I don’t know how long it’s been there for. It looks like it was taken last summer. They were going out to the paddling pool.

“I put it out at the front of the house because that’s where the sun is. I certainly won’t be doing that again.”

Laura, a business student at Blackpool and The Fylde College, made the discovery last week after being alerted to it by a neighbour.

She reported the image to Google and contacted the police, who also contacted Google about having the image removed.

The pictures have now been blurred and the girls’ bodies can no longer be seen.

Laura said: “If my neighbour hadn’t told me I would never have known.

“How many other people are in the same situation?

“It does make you wonder how many random images are out there that shouldn’t be.”

She added that Knott End and Preesall Pre-School, where her daughters are pupils, would be sending out a newsletter to parents warning them to check their own houses on Google Maps following the incident.

She said: “The nursery were absolutely disgusted when they found out.

“There’s a letter going out this week to tell all the other parents to check Google Maps.

“The images have been totally smudged now but I don’t know why they didn’t do that in the first place.

“Why is it acceptable to show their bodies and not their faces?

“I feel loads better now that they have changed it.”

A police spokesman said: “A request was sent to Google to remove the image of the children. The complainant was also advised to send a request.”

Google was approached for comment.