THE behaviour of drunken young women out in Kidderminster on Saturday nights was "absolutely appalling", according to a leading councillor who spent a fact-finding evening among revellers.

Abusive language and urinating in the street by some rowdy femle drinkers left councillor Fran Oborski "horrified" after more than four hours with police officers at Kidderminster's busiest nightspots.

Mrs Oborski, who was with the police as part of a Wyre Forest District Council investigation into the night-time economy, said: "They seem totally incapable of issuing a single sentence that didn't have at least three four-letter words in it.

"As soon as a policeman wanted to speak to them they wanted to eff and blind at them. It was just horrible language."

The 59-year-old said the behaviour of young women was "by far the worst" she saw all night and was "amazed" at the tolerance shown by police.

One woman became abusive to police after being caught "very obviously" urinating at the entrance to the Rowland Hill Centre.

Another was found lying down, "totally drunk" in Dixon Street and there was then further abuse flung at officers by a couple of girls when a man was arrested, the disgusted councillor said.

It was not a case of men behaving badly, she added.

"Apart from a couple who were argumentative and stroppy, the behaviour of the over-alcohol enthused young men was rather more amiable than the young women.

"That is what I find distressing, most of the blokes were more good natured in their drinking than the women."

Mrs Oborski went on: "We police by consent in this country. Our police are also more reasoning with people than a lot of continental police would have been. In other places, they tell you to do something and, if you don't do it, they arrest you."

There were, however, "probably a hell of a lot of nice youngsters" who behave well on a night out, said Mrs Oborski, who conceded that she was not surprised by the worst offenders.

She said: "When you have spent 30 years working in education like I have, you do notice the deterioration and I suppose when you hear mothers swearing at their three-year-old in the supermarket then their children grow up using the same language."

The exercise, from 10.30pm on Saturday until 2.45am on Sunday, had been useful, she said.

It highlighted the need for 24-hour toilets in the town, along with more pavement barriers and officers, said Mrs Oborski, chairman of the council's environment and economic regeneration policy and scrutiny panel.

The panel is carrying out an investigation into the evening economy in Kidderminster town centre. Members, most of whom are over 50, went "clubbing" before Christmas to sample pubs and nightspots in the town.

The final report is expected to go to the council's cabinet in April.