Simon Israel

Home Affairs Correspondent
Simon Israel is a Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News
Simon Israel is a Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News

Robustly independent reporting on home affairs. Covers crime, police, terrorism, legal, race, immigration, social justice, prisons.Award winning films on terrorism, G20 protests, Stephen Lawrence, illegal immigration, suicides in prisons.

Simon Israel has been home affairs correspondent since 1998. He's broken a number of exclusives, including the resignation of the officer in charge of counter terrorism, racism in the crown prosecution service, the abuse of restraint methods on detained children, the Government's resettlement programme for refugees.

"My objective is to try to come at stories from an original perspective but one which resonates with the viewer and challenges the establishment."


video 20 January 2015 UK

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Stockport nurse poisoned patients 'at random' - video

A nurse at Stockport's Stepping hill hospital is accused of murdering three patients and poisoning 18 others. Prosecutors said Victorino Chua contaminated saline drips with insulin "at random".

post 08 January 2015
MI5 chief warns serious terror threat to continue 'for some time'

Wednesday's attack in Paris is a "terrible reminder" of Islamist extremists' agenda of harming the west, the head of MI5 warns, suggesting that the threat was "unlikely to abate significantly for some

video 27 December 2014 World, Iraq

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Meet the Islamic State teen who refused to detonate device

A teenager sent to carry out a suicide bombing by Islamic State is being paraded by Iraqi officials after he refused to detonate the device.

post 02 December 2014
Safety guaranteed for Gaza family allowed to settle in UK

A family of Palestinian children, evacuated from Gaza, has arrived to settle in the UK, following reports by Channel 4 News.

post 27 November 2014
Government relents over visas for stranded Gaza family

The government has backtracked over its refusal to allow a British Palestinian father's children evacuated from Gaza to settle in the UK.

post 24 November 2014
Government outlaws insurance for ransom payments

Laws are already in place criminalising any terrorist financing. But what does the Home Office mean when it says it wants to prevent firms 'inadvertently' providing cover to meet ransom demands?

post 24 November 2014
May pushes for greater surveillance in the face of growing terror threat

As the state launches a publicity drive to warn of the need for greater surveillance, this week is also about the lessons learned from Woolwich.

post 18 November 2014
800,000 crimes 'unrecorded every year'

An inquiry finds nearly one in five crimes in England and Wales goes unrecorded every year - and nearly 200 rape offences were dropped between November 2012 and October 2013.

post 31 October 2014
Hostages for fortunes: why governments still pay terror ransoms

Terrorist kidnapping and extortion is now a multi-million pound industry, according to a UN report - and the average value of a foreign hostage is 1.7m.

post 30 October 2014
No state immunity for Jack Straw, MI5 and MI6 in rendition case

The government suffers a significant defeat in attempts to avoid a trial over allegations of complicity in the imprisonment, rendition and torture of a Libyan couple in 2004.

post 25 October 2014
The Gaza family caught in limbo

Ali Dalloul - who has a UK passport - was helped by the Foreign Office to get his family out of Gaza. But now the Home Office won't let his Palestinian children into this country.

article 23 October 2014 UK
Border force uniform
Trial collapses after immigration officials 'lie under oath'

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's biggest sham marriage trial has collapsed with the judge accusing UKBA officers of deliberately concealing evidence and lying under oath.

article 17 October 2014 UK
MI6 building in Vauxhall, London (Getty Images)
Security services deal with '100 terror threats per week'

The UK head of counter-terrorism says British security services are now dealing with 100 potential terror offences each week, with more than half involving referrals into de-radicalisation programmes.

article 14 October 2014 UK
Controls on undercover policing 'ineffective'

A group of senior police officers in charge of keeping undercover policing in check lacks "teeth" and should be overhauled immediately, a damning report by inspectors has said.

article 07 October 2014 UK, Bahrain
Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Kalifia
Bahrain prince 'not immune' over torture claims

The high court declares the king of Bahrain's son does not have immunity from prosecution for torture, after the DPP conceded she was wrong not to pursue the case on immunity grounds.

post 03 October 2014
Tories under fire for plans to ditch human rights laws

The Conservatives say they will scrap Britain's human rights bill - and bring in a new set of rules. But some leading Tories have condemned the plans, describing them as unworkable.

article 18 September 2014 UK
Met pays damages over assault amid racism claims

Exclusive: the victim of an unlawful arrest who was beaten with batons and sprayed with CS gas by police while driving to buy nappies, tells Channel 4 News he was a victim of racial stereotyping.

article 09 September 2014 UK
Vicar 'ran sham marriage conveyor belt'

The UK's largest ever sham marriages trial begins with prosecution claims that bogus weddings at a church in south London were conducted on an "industrial scale".

post 08 September 2014
Pc Carol Howard: 'I was treated like an outcast by the Met'

Pc Carol Howard has cowed the largest police force in the UK into rewriting its entire fairness to work procedures.