THE controversy over the death of Princess Diana took a new twist last night with the emergence of a photograph of an SAS sniper practising his deadly trade on the streets of Britain.
The remarkable image, now being examined by Scotland Yard detectives, shows the special forces soldier lying on a bridge in Wales peering at cars down the telescopic sights of a sniper’s rifle.
The photograph was taken from the computer of Soldier N, a former SAS man who claims regiment members were responsible for the death of Diana in a Paris underpass. A total of 90 images were discovered.
The Metropolitan Police, whose specialist crime and operations command is investigating the assassination theory, last night said it would be “inappropriate” to comment on the new development.
The photograph shows two men on a bridge who are thought to be taking part in a counter-terrorism exercise.
The soldiers are practising a procedure known as high-speed vehicle interdiction, a tactic designed to stop vehicles being driven by terrorists travelling at speed.
It is believed that the bridge and a section of road beneath it was closed to the public at the time.
The Diana murder allegation came to light during the second court martial of Sergeant Danny Nightingale who, amid huge publicity, was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition.
The extraordinary suggestion was outlined in a letter, written by the mother-in-law of 38-year-old Soldier N, a former sergeant, who was a key witness for the prosecution.
Soldier N now faces a grilling over claims he illegally stored secret SAS tactical documents and videos of operations in Afghanistan.