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."


post 19 October 2015
Living wage protest at heart of Westminster

David Cameron's promised world of the "living wage" is already starting to look empty, even at the heart of government.

post 12 October 2015
Syria refugees: former judges condemn government response

The legal profession's statement calls for the UK to set up secure legal routes and humanitarian visas so refugees are not forced to risk their lives.

post 01 October 2015
Teenage terrorist planner awaits sentencing for Anzac day plot

A British teenager who pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas sent over 3,000 emails as he planned a deadly terrorist outrage on the other side of the world.

article 23 September 2015 UK
Christopher and Andrew Hilliard
Met police compensates brothers caught up in protests

Exclusive: The Metropolitan police is to pay out tens of thousands of pounds in compensation to two brothers caught up in the 2010 violent student protests at Westminster.

post 06 August 2015
Cherry Groce's family to sue Met police for damages

The family of Cherry Groce, shot and crippled by a firearms officer in her Brixton home in 1985, is to sue for damages.

article 31 July 2015 UK
Scotland Yard sergeant cleared of child sex charges

A retired police sergeant cleared of racially and sexually abusing a teenager 29 years ago has called on the Metropolitan Police to "stop targeting me and my family".

article 27 July 2015 UK
Gurpal Virdi
Former Met officer on trial for alleged historic abuse

A former Metropolitan police sergeant has gone on trial for allegedly racially and sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in the back of a police van 29 years ago.

post 17 July 2015
Gove to focus on prison education as way of reducing reoffending

In his first speech on prisons as justice secretary, Michael Gove will today promote education as a way of cutting reoffending rates. But there will be no mention of overcrowding.

post 14 July 2015
Prison 'rehabilitation revolution' lies in tatters

Jails in England and Wales are found to be in "their worst state for a decade" with some prisons now merely places of "violence, squalor and idleness".

post 07 July 2015
MI5: 7/7 ended scepticism about terrorist threat

Ten years on, the head of MI5 says 7/7 delivered a step change "in the nation's counter terrorism defences".

article 03 July 2015 UK
Azelle Rodney
Azelle Rodney: PC Anthony Long cleared of murder

A jury finds PC Anthony Long not guilty of murdering Azelle Rodney in a police operation in 2005.

article 02 July 2015 UK
Police child abuse investigations: 38 per cent 'inadequate'

A series of inspections of police forces in England and Wales has found worrying levels of inadequate investigations into child abuse and neglect, plagued by drift and delay.

article 24 June 2015 UK
Police marksman 'convinced' Azelle Rodney was about to shoot

A former police firearms officer has told his murder trial he was "absolutely convinced" the man he shot dead was about to open fire.

article 28 May 2015 UK
Isis jihadi brides 'luring British women to Syria'

Many British women who leave to join the Islamic State group are being lured by British jihadi brides already there, according to report on radicalisation.

post 20 May 2015
Theresa May: this 'crying wolf' has to stop

Theresa May issues a warning to the Police Federation - after the organisation claimed that spending cuts could make bobbies on the beat a thing of the past.

article 19 May 2015 UK
Policeman found guilty of tuition fee protest assault

As a fluke helps convict a PC of assault during the 2010 tuition fees protest, student William Horner, who broke a tooth during the demo, tells Channel 4 News it could be "the tip of an iceberg".

post 18 May 2015
Police warned government over fraud linked to poison-nurse

As a Filipino nurse is convicted of murder, Channel 4 News understands that police had written to the government about concerns over qualification fraud among nurses in the Philippines.

article 13 May 2015 UK
PC Andrew Ott (screengrab)
Policeman accused of framing student at tuition fee riot

PC Andrew Ott, who hit student William Horner with his riot shield, was recorded saying after the incident "he's going to have to have done something, coz I've put his tooth out".

article 09 April 2015 UK
Stephen Lawrence: Lord Stevens investigated by IPCC

EXCLUSIVE: former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens is being investigated over allegations of a cover-up of police corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder probe in the 1990s.