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 15 April 2014 UK

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UN rapporteur banned from Yarlswood detention centre - video

A "boys' club" culture, sexual bullying in schools and austerity endangering women's protection are findings of the UN's special rapporteur on women and violence. Now she's been barred from Yarlswood.

post 11 April 2014
Cherry Groce family win right to legal aid

A 160,000 signature petition, a community wanting justice, and fresh submissions to Chris Grayling by the family of Cherry Groce has finally delivered a level playing field.

post 03 April 2014
Cherry Groce shooting: Justice Secretary to review legal aid refusal

The family of Cherry Groce was refused legal aid to be represented at her inquest, even though the police have apologised for leaving her disabled in a shooting in 1985.

post 31 March 2014
'Terrifying' prison attack to demand Abu Qatada's release

Two inmates of North Yorkshire's high-security Full Sutton prison are found guilty of threatening to kill a prison officer to demand the freedom of cleric Abu Qatada.

post 28 March 2014
Home Office pays out £1,000 to Chinese immigrant

The Home Office is to compensate a Chinese immigrant £1,000, which disappeared from her handbag during an immigration raid in London's Chinatown last year.

post 26 March 2014
Berezovsky died skint and depressed, inquest told

Going from Russian billionaire to "the world's poorest man," has been put forward as the reason behind the apparent suicide of Boris Berezovsky, at the opening of the inquest into his death.

post 21 March 2014
Met publicly apologises for shooting mother of six

The Metropolitan police has for the first time publicly apologised for the shooting of Cherry Groce, which sparked the 1985 Brixton riots.

post 17 March 2014
Has the IPCC finally got the message?

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to overhaul the way it investigates deaths in custody, following a year-long review into how complaints are addressed.

post 07 March 2014
Stephen Lawrence: the Met on a precipice?

The Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe describes yesterday as one of the worst days in of his career, but there will be worse to come.

article 06 March 2014 UK
Stephen Lawrence rally (R)
Stephen Lawrence: police corruption report to be published

The findings of a report into claims that police corruption hindered the original Stephen Lawrence investigation are due to be published.

post 28 February 2014
'Culture of disbelief': has the Met failed sex crimes victims?

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today faces a crossroads because of failures to stop the country's most prolific serial rapist during the five years he terrorised women.

post 26 February 2014
Fresh inquiry for South Wales Police over murder case

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has said there is a very real possibility that judges will quash the conviction of Alan Charlton over the murder of Karen Price, 15.

post 24 February 2014
Rape victim: 'I have lived with the guilt'

"I have lived with the guilt for 11 years." These are the words of the first victim of probably Britain's most prolific serial rapist.

post 10 February 2014
Cardiff five: detective 'flabbergasted' by corruption trial

A senior detective who led one of the country¿s biggest ever police corruption inquiries said he was "completely flabbergasted" with the the decision to abandon the trial of eight officers in 2011.

post 09 February 2014
Did former immigration minister do all he could to check cleaner's status?

Mark Harper's decision to stand down as immigration minister has been praised by everyone from the prime minister to opposing politicians. Did he do all he could to check his cleaner's status?

post 08 February 2014
Immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner

Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, who launched the ill fated "Go Home" van campaign against illegal immigration has resigned after examining his own backyard so to speak.

article 31 January 2014 UK
Rape HMIC HM Inspectorate of Constabulary 'no crimes'
Police 'culture of disbelief' over rape claims

Some 6,000 rapes of children and 10,000 rapes of adults were recorded by police forces in England and Wales in 2012-13. But figures show inconsistencies in the way different forces respond to rape.

post 22 January 2014
Stop and search: counterproductive, unreliable and a waste of money?

Police powers to stop and search have long been controversial. But given the 20 per cent cuts to police budgets, their effectiveness must now be justified on economic grounds too.

post 20 January 2014
'Police Federation crusades against politicians must end' - report

Wholesale changes are being proposed to the culture, behaviour, structure, organisation and financial accountability of the Police Federation for the first time in its 95 year history.