jus readin this thread and thought i would add to it. ive been to a number of main city's across uk thru wrk, i've been 2 in last yr glasgow, coventry, wolverhampton, leeds, bradford, birmingham, bristol plus some smaller places in areas which can be trouble. also i'm from runcorn, which is on the outskirts of liverpool, and in between manchester and liverpool. so having wrked in nottingham on 3 occassions for 2wks at a time, i didnt really see that much from what i see newhere else, it has its rough areas, but bet it has its good 1's too, and has gr8 city centre. i stayed in hotel in centre twice, then had to stay in place called radford which was rough place but not as bad as some places seen. the roughest place ive stayed is glasgow by a country mile, espec if ya english ha, but stil managed to get bout and do things safely.
basically unless your unlucky or ont act like a stupid idiot you should be ok, cos most of this violence is usually gang related in these cities