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Move to crack down on extreme porn.

THE government is to outlaw the most extreme forms of pornography involving adults after demands from a Merseyside MP.

A new bill will next year make simple possession a criminal offence, as it currently is with child porn.

Future illegal material will include the depiction of serious sexual violence, and other forms of sexual perversion.

At present, publication and sale of such items may be unlawful, but ownership is not.

The move follows a campaign by Crosby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas to ban "top shelf" porn and indecent lads' mags in newsagents where they can get into youngsters' hands.

She told ministers: "Such material gives boys the idea that women are there to be abused, beaten and treated as sex objects. Much of the material included is disgusting."

The proposed new bill, due to be unveiled next March, will not ban newsagent sales of adult publications, but will make it harder for extreme porn to reach general outlets.

A recent consultation exercise on categories of porn to be banned drew 400 responses from individuals and organisations.

The expected crackdown will focus on possession of "extreme pornographic material containing explicit actual scenes or realistic depiction" of serious sexual violence including rape and sadomasochism which inflicts damage.

In a parliamentary reply, Home Office minister Fiona Mactaggart said that meant the type of violence which, if inflicted in public, could lead to a prosecution for grievous bodily harm in England and Wales.

That would exclude scenes showing spanking, mild caning and "pretend" violence, according to officials

Mrs Curtis will continue to press for curbs on the sale of lad mags in parliamentary question time today.
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