I agree in part with bradness – there are areas which are somewhat “untouched” by the current lawless activities. However I have been researching some of these issues (as part of preparation to undertake a legal qualification) over the last 2 years.
I fear that it would not be an exaggeration to claim that as a whole the fabric of our society in UK is becoming more confrontational and aggression lead. We would probably have to go back to the early part of the 19 century to find a similar scenario within highly populated areas.
Yob culture and gang related lawlessnes in particular, seem to be on the increase
What certainly has changed is the level of disclosure, speed and accuracy with which incidents like the ones mentioned are reported. It is this process that is highlighting the level of crime and bringing information quickly in to the public domain.
As bradness says there are “no go” areas in most countries – the number of these in UK certainly seems to be on the increase.