Simon Israel , Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

Simon Israel is a Senior 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."

  • Published on 9 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Thousands of teenagers have been referred to the government’s anti-terror programme, known as Prevent – according to the first detailed figures published by the Home Office since the scheme was launched 12 years ago.  In total, more than seven and a half thousand people were referred between 2015 and 2016, with far-right extremism a growing concern.

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    “The government are letting down a lot of kids,” Lord Dubs said today, after campaigners lost a legal challenge against the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted by the UK under the so-called Dubs amendment. The charity Help Refugees claimed the consultation process, by which the government calculated how many children should be accepted, was “fundamentally flawed”. The…

  • Published on 31 Oct 2017

    Now Scotland Yard says the alarming rise in moped crime may have reached its peak, revealing new high tech tactics they’re deploying to tackle it across the capital. They’ve doubled the number of stop and searches in the last few months as part of efforts to combat violent youth crime. 33 people aged under 25…

  • Published on 30 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    A landmark review into deaths in police custody has made more than a hundred recommendations for sweeping changes including phasing out former police officers from leading investigations – and legal aid for bereaved families. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Government was committed to learning lessons  – as the review’s author warned against kicking the…

  • Published on 29 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    A south Yorkshire village will take on the Swiss petrochemical giant INEOS over a wide-ranging injunction to protect its fracking operations.

  • Published on 26 Oct 2017 Sections , ,

    Immigration officers say they have smashed one of Europe’s most extensive human smuggling networks. A co-ordinated series of raids has led to 11 arrests in the UK and a further 15 in Bulgaria and Belgium. The gangs allegedly used specially adapted vehicles to transport people across Europe. Most of the 400 smuggled migrants were from…

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    The head of MI5 has described the scale and pace of the current terror threat as the highest he’s ever seen. In the first on-camera briefing to journalists in the agency’s history, Andrew Parker said attacks are now able to accelerate from plan to intent within days.

  • Published on 16 Oct 2017

    The family of a teenager who died when his moped crashed during a police chase has been barred from the gross misconduct hearing into the officers’ alleged failure to follow guidelines. The parents and sister of Henry Hicks have been told they can only watch proceedings from an annex in order to safeguard the officers’…

  • Published on 10 Oct 2017 Sections

    The Home Secretary’s efforts to detain hundreds of survivors of torture has been declared unlawful. A High Court judge has ruled that many were wrongly locked up in immigration centres because the policy brought in last year ignored the correct legal interpretation of torture.

  • Published on 8 Oct 2017

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating on the streets of Barcelona. But one week on from their region’s vote in favour of independence, the protesters were demanding to remain part of a united Spain.

  • Published on 7 Oct 2017

    Police have ruled out as terror an incident in the capital this afternoon where a car mounted the pavement in one of London’s busiest tourist districts injuring several people.

  • Published on 6 Oct 2017 Sections

    Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel has given unique and detailed scrutiny to the issue of deaths in custody. He’s spoken extensively to the families of men who have killed themselves or died in prisons, or police cells – and looked into how these events are investigated in the aftermath. These are his key…

  • Published on 6 Oct 2017

    Six Metropolitan police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct over the death of a 23 year old man. Olaseni Lewis died in 2010 after being restrained in a south London mental health hospital. An inquest jury had previously criticised a series of failures by police and medical staff, but the misconduct tribunal found that the restraint was  “necessary,…

  • Published on 27 Sep 2017 Sections

    A man has died after he was shot by armed police near a busy motorway outside Bristol. Forensic officers have cordoned off the scene at a junction of the M5 for Portishead. Images show what appears to be a handgun on the roof of the red hatchback car – and several bullet holes along the…

  • Published on 26 Sep 2017

    A man who lost six members of his family in the Grenfell Tower fire says the police helicopter deployed that night created a “cruel and tortuous hope” for his family that led him to believe they could be rescued from the air. Nabil Choucair has lodged a formal complaint after listening to harrowing 999 calls made by his family that night. He says they…