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UK police checking new information on death of Princess Diana

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    July 2, 1994: Diana, Princess of Wales, accompanied by her son Prince William (R), is seen arriving at Wimbledon's Centre Court before the start of the Women's Singles final in London in this file photograph.REUTERS

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    Oct. 8, 2007: Media film the jury from the Coroner's inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al-Fayed as they enter the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris where the Mercedes the couple were traveling in crashed.REUTERS

British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information's "relevance and credibility."

Scotland Yard declined to provide details about the information, only saying Saturday in a statement that the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit.

The force stressed that it was not reopening the investigation into the 1997 deaths of Diana and Fayed, who were killed in a car crash in Paris.

Sky News reported that an unnamed source said the new information is believed to be that Diana and Fayed were killed by a member of the British military. The information was passed to police by the parents-in-law of a former soldier, the report said.

"The information we're told was passed to Scotland Yard quite recently through the Royal Military Police. It also includes, we understand, references to something known as Diana's diary," Martin Brunt, Sky News’ crime correspondent said.

In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana, the Princess of Wales, and her companion, Fayed, were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report