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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."

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post 22 July 2014
Are the police using Tasers too much?

Widespread concerns have been expressed by the police watchdog over the use of Tasers in the past eight years.

post 16 July 2014
600 arrests in child abuse investigation on industrial scale

Doctors, teachers, care workers, scout leaders and former police officers are among those detained across the UK.

article 10 July 2014 UK
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This is the room where police shot my mum, Cherry Groce

The son of Cherry Groce, whose shooting in 1985 sparked riots in Brixton, returns for the first time to the house where, as an 11-year-old, he saw a policeman fire on his mother.

article 01 July 2014 UK
The Metropolitan police officer who accidentally shot and crippled Cherry Groce 29 years ago tells her inquest he takes full responsibility for what happened.
'I was hoping I'd missed,' Groce officer tells inquest

The Metropolitan police officer who accidentally shot and crippled Cherry Groce 29 years ago tells her inquest he takes full responsibility for what happened.

article 01 July 2014 UK
Zahid Mubarek
Racist murder fears in young offenders institutions

Fourteen years on from the racist murder of Zahid Mubarek in Feltham, HM inspector of prisons says there is evidence of racist bullying on a significant scale in young offenders' institutions.

post 30 June 2014
Cherry Groce shooting: victim of 'unreasonable' operation

The armed raid on the home of a mother whose shooting by police triggered the 1985 Brixton riots had "serious deficiencies", the inquest into her death is told.

post 12 June 2014
A partial victory for open justice

It was billed as the first secret trial in modern British history. But judges have backed down on plans to hear a terror case behind closed doors.

post 11 June 2014
Going cheap: Boris snaps up German water cannon for London streets

Boris Johnson says he snapped up three German water cannon before getting permission to use them on London's streets because the price was too good to miss.

post 09 June 2014
Review announced into handling of rape cases

The Met and the Crown Prosecution Service have announced a major review into the handling of rape cases in the wake of the first increase in acquittal rates for at least six years.

post 04 June 2014
Mark Duggan shooting: lessons to learn

Allowing firearms officers 48 hours to compose themselves before being questioned is among the concerns raised by the coroner in charge of the Mark Duggan inquest.

video 03 June 2014 UK

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Exclusive: Humberside courts in crisis over legal aid cuts

Court documents seen by Channel 4 News suggest the criminal justice system in at least one part of the country is on the brink of collapse - and a senior judge has been forced to take action.

video 27 May 2014 UK

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Rolf Harris in his own words: a 'touchy feely' person

Entertainer Rolf Harris takes to the stand to deny a string of allegations involving four girls, describing himself as a "touchy feely sort of person".

video 24 May 2014 UK

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Need for change: the Police Federation explained - video

The Police Federation, which represents police officers in England and Wales, has had a bruising week. Our Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel explains what happened and how it plans to change.

post 23 May 2014
Toss of a coin decides who leads the Police Federation

Officials joked earlier this week that if votes were tied for the new Police Federation leader, they would decide on the toss of a coin. But it was no joke.

video 21 May 2014 UK

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Theresa May condemns police failings - video

Home Secretary Theresa May leaves police in shock after withdrawing all funding for their unofficial union. She was greeted with silence after declaring it was unacceptable for taxpayers to fund them.

article 20 May 2014 UK
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'Battered and bruised' police body attempts reboot

Burnt by scandals like "plebgate" and bullying allegations, the Police Federation is meeting in Bournemouth to elect a new leader and put in place reforms to get the organisation back on track.

article 16 May 2014 UK
Uniformed policemen (Getty)
Police Federation must publish accounts, say MPs

MPs have given the Police Federation three days to disclose details of the organisation's profits and cash reserves, estimated to total 70m.

post 08 May 2014
Shocking footage launches Met Police camera trial

Bloody scenes of domestic violence are being used to launch the most extensive trial in the UK of police body-worn cameras.

post 29 April 2014
Lessons to be learned from death of a much-loved teacher

Corpus Christi College in Leeds is in shock in the wake of the stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire. But all parties say they must learn the lessons from this unprecedented incident.