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Former banker Goodwin's home vanishes from Street View

Shamed banker Fred Goodwin's home has disappeared from Google Street View.

It is believed Goodwin, 55, asked for his Edinburgh house to be removed amid ongoing fears about vandalism. Close-up images of the property in Oswald Road can no longer be accessed by users.

Several windows at the address were smashed in 2009 - the year after the near-collapse of RBS.

Google Street View no longer gives internet users the option to mouse click outside the property, although other addresses in the street remain visible.

There is also no way to see his home from above as the small orange symbol used to move into Street View from Google Maps cannot be placed near his house.

When on his street the white hand using to move along the road disappears in front of Goodwin's home then returns further down the street so users can drag themselves past the house without seeing it.

Users had been able to see directly into Goodwin's garden and his home which has large bay windows at the front and a glass door which opens into the house.

The Google cameras which are usually placed on top of a car to capture images means the small fence outside Goodwin's home does little to protect his privacy.

The image also allowed users to view the large garden to the side of the house and driveway.

A spokeswoman for Google said: "We are not authorised to give out details on removal requests. Anybody is at liberty to get their house removed."

Police Scotland said they were unable to determine if there had been any recent attacks on Goodwin's home as they would need a specific date to find incidents.

During the attack in March 2009, a Mercedes S600 had its windows shattered along with the downstairs bay windows, one of which had been struck with such as force that both the double panes of glass had smashed.

Goodwin may have had his property removed from Google Street View because his plans to move out were thwarted.

He purchased a much more secluded mansion, worth £3.5 million, in nearby Colinton following the vandalism.

Goodwin invested more of his £16 million pension pot on refurbishing the property only to split with his wife, Joyce, following allegations he had cheated on her.

She is understood to be living in the Colinton property.

Emma Carr, acting director of Big Brother Watch, said: "There is little wonder that people feel uncomfortable with a picture of their homes and property being available on Google Street View.

"It is therefore only right that Google provides the tools for people to request that a car, house or individual be removed."

No-one was available for comment at Goodwin's home yesterday.

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