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."

  • 9 Nov 2018

    The National Crime Agency has seized more than 50 handguns which were bought online from eastern Europe in a nationwide operation from Cornwall to Scotland. Twenty-five police forces were involved and 10 people were arrested, including a serving firefighter. The weapons are becoming popular with gangs because they’re small and easy to carry.

  • 5 Nov 2018

    Tonight is usually one of the busiest nights of the year for firefighters. As well as the dangers of fighting fires, in recent years crews have been ambushed during call-outs. Last year, there were nearly a thousand attacks on fire crews across England and Wales.

  • 2 Nov 2018

    Two years ago, a wall collapsed at a recycling plant in the West Midlands. Five migrant workers were killed. Now their widows are appealing against a refusal to grant legal aid for the inquest, which starts next week.

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Julian Cole was a 19-year-old sports science student when he went for a night out in Bedford in 2013. He ended up brain damaged and paralysed after a scuffle with nightclub doormen and police officers. Now three of the Bedfordshire Police officers involved in his arrest have been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct. A…

  • 21 Oct 2018

    Russia’s former President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Donald Trump is making a ‘mistake’ after the US President announced plans to abandon a key nuclear weapons treaty originally signed in 1987.

  • 19 Oct 2018

    The deadline for submissions to the Home Secretary’s review of the Windrush scandal closed today, amid a row over the make-up of the advisory panel. Support groups have questioned the appointment of a senior civil servant who oversaw huge cuts to legal aid and a former immigration judge linked to the anti-immigration campaign group Migration Watch. But…

  • 16 Oct 2018

    The Home Secretary has been accused of abandoning the UK’s moral and legal stand against the death penalty by handing over evidence to the United States on two alleged Isis terrorists. The accusation’s been made by Ben Emmerson QC, a sitting Judge, who’s called for an inquiry into Sajid Javid’s decision to hand over evidence…

  • 12 Oct 2018

    Another prison, another shocking inspection report – this time from HMP Chelmsford. A visit by inspectors in May this year found high levels of violence at the Essex prison, and one of the worst rates of drug use seen in a UK jail. The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the increase in violence, number of…

  • 11 Oct 2018

    Some were deported, some lost their homes and jobs. Now, the Home Office says it’s extending the deadline for responses to the planned Windrush compensation scheme, amid growing opposition to the proposal to cap awards. The daughter of one victim, Sarah O’Connor, whose funeral was last week, told this programme that the government failed her mother and…

  • 3 Oct 2018

    PC Keith Palmer’s widow said her husband had been “left alone, unarmed, guarding an open gate”, saying the family now had to live with the consequences of Scotland Yard’s failure.

  • 20 Sep 2018

    “I am sorry I was not vigilant enough”: the widow of Khalid Masood has apologised to his victims in last year’s Westminster Bridge terror attack, at the inquest into the deaths. Rohey Hydara said she had no idea what her husband had been planning, calling him ‘evil’. Masood’s mother also gave evidence about her son’s farewell visit days before…

  • 18 Sep 2018

    Senior police officers have given a stark warning about what Britain’s departure from the EU could mean for public safety on our streets.

  • 17 Sep 2018

    Marooned on a British army base for nearly 20 years. The future of five families from Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria and Iraq – 10 adults and 17 children, recognised as refugees – will be decided by the UK’s most senior judges.

  • 3 Sep 2018

    Environmental protesters are claiming a moral victory after a High Court Judge said they were free to demonstrate at drilling sites across southern England. However, the UK Oil and Gas company welcomed the judge’s decision to prevent them from any activities that interfere with its business.

  • 28 Aug 2018

    Relatives of a man from the Windrush generation – who died of heart failure while trying to prove his British citizenship – have stormed out of the inquest into his death today.