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 21 June 2016
Spycops: 'a state-sponsored ghoulish practice'

Tomorrow the Spycops public inquiry will address whether the state has a duty to reveal to all parents if their dead child's identity was taken and used in the name of undercover policing.

article 01 June 2016 UK
Cherry Groce children to receive police compensation

Five children whose mother was shot and crippled by police in 1985 are to receive substantial damages in compensation from the Metropolitan Police, Channel 4 News can reveal.

post 17 May 2016
Hillsborough: 'the poison of decades-old misdeeds'

The Home Secretary has delivered a powerful warning to police officers that Hillsborough is a touchstone for the future of policing.

post 16 May 2016
Violence and disorder rising in prisons

The safety of prisons in England and Wales is getting worse, with deaths, self-harm, violence and disorder continuing to rise.

post 13 May 2016
Amy's story: the tragic death of a teenager

A 14 year old boy in a girl's body, with multiple mental health problems, was found dead in one of the most expensive mental health care establishments in the country.

post 24 March 2016
NHS fuelling immigration?

A report out today accuses Health ministers and NHS chiefs of fuelling migration numbers by employing nurses on the cheap from outside the EU to meet annual shortages.

post 23 March 2016
Undercover policing inquiry: will they have to name officers?

Grave allegations, basic democratic freedoms undermined, deceitful relationships, profound questions of racial equality - at last the public inquiry into undercover policing is underway.

post 21 March 2016
Exclusive: lawyers claim Met lied to judges over secret policing

The public inquiry into undercover policing is being asked to look at whether the Met deceived judges.

post 01 March 2016
New figures on prison violence

The scale of prison violence has emerged from new figures which show riot squads were called into jails on a daily basis last year.

post 18 February 2016
HMIC says neighbourhood policing 'under threat'

HMIC warn that neighbourhood policing, the foundation block of modern day law enforcement, is under threat.

post 05 February 2016
Long delays faced by torture victims with asylum claims

"..the most serious failings concerned the way in which allegations of torture were managed." It's the most critical observation by the borders and immigration chief inspector. For David Bolt's repo

post 03 February 2016
Stephen Lawrence suspect is on the run from police

Jamie Acourt's accused of being part of a gang which was earning millions from supplying class B drugs.

post 28 January 2016
Pledge to resettle hundreds of child refugees in Britain

Home Office ministers are working on plans to provide sanctuary to children from UNHCR run Syrian refugee camps.

post 19 January 2016
Growing number of trials collapse as witnesses don't turn up

Another alarm has gone off in the criminal justice system - a worrying rise in witnesses just not turning up to trial.

article 05 January 2016 UK, Syria
Abu Rumaysah police letter raises questions about his escape

A letter obtained by Channel 4 News raises a number of serious questions about just how Abu Rumaysah, real name Siddhartha Dahr, managed to flee the country a day after he was released on bail.

post 18 December 2015
Spice pigs, catapults and prison: drugs now 'most serious' safety threat

The chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, has warned that the availability of synthetic psychoactive drugs presents the most serious threat to the safety and security of jails.

article 26 November 2015 UK
Firearms officer wins racial discrimination case
Firearms officer wins racial discrimination case

There are calls for an inquiry into the conduct of senior officers at Cleveland Police after an employment tribunal said the force failed to take action over the treatment of an Asian officer.

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.