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Nasty video films showing scenes of murder and violence were outlawed yesterday. magistrates ordered hundreds of copies of two horrific videos - Death Trap and Driller Killer - to be confiscated in a test case against merchants of menace. But the court ruling raised a storm of protest last night. Clean-up TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse attacked the Director of Public Prosecutions for failing to prosecute the films distributors. Prosecutor Stephen Wooler hit back saying the case was "exceptional" and an attempt to discover where the law stood.

He said distributors of videos hired out by High street clubs for private TV viewing would in future be prosecuted. Death Trap and Driller Killer showed scenes of extreme violence and multiple killings the court at Willesdon, North London heard. Mr Wooler asked for 590 video tapes plus master copies and master films to be confiscated under Section Three of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. Mr Alex Cranbrook for the videos' distributor, Viteo, of Willesdon High Road said they had handled the videos in good faith. They had not known where the line could be drawn. But Mrs Whitehouse who reported the videos to the DPP, called the proceedings a farce.