New Zealand police are to re-examine a teenager's plot to kill the Queen during her 1981 visit to the country after secret documents confirmed the assassination attempt.
A senior officer will lead the examination of the case file after declassified papers shed new light on the failed efforts of Christopher John Lewis to shoot the Queen as her limousine passed through Dunedin on October 14 1981.
The move comes after the New Zealand establishment faced renewed accusations they attempted to cover up the incident at the time.
The attempt by Lewis, who was then aged 17, to gun down the Queen has featured in a book and newspaper articles but documents obtained by the New Zealand news website Stuff confirm police officers and members of the public heard 'what they took to be a shot'.
The documents were released under an Official Information Act request to the Commonwealth country's Security Intelligence Service (SIS).
An SIS document said the possibility of a firearm being discharged in the vicinity of the Queen was highly likely and a .22 rifle, with a discharged cartridge in the breech, was recovered by police from the fifth floor of the