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 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.

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.