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."

  • 20 Jul 2018

    The Home Secretary has apologised unreservedly to the family of a Windrush migrant and has offered to meet them. This programme has seen Sajid Javid’s letter on the day an inquest opened into Dexter Bristol’s death. He came to Britain from Grenada as a child in the 1960s. But he died jobless and fearing deportation,…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    Figures released today show that the rates of murder, robbery and carrying knives have risen sharply. Alongside this is a decline in detection – only 9 per cent of crimes now result in either a charge or a summons. Please be warned – there are distressing images from the start of this report.

  • 11 Jul 2018

    Now to an immigration story which has echoes of Donald Trump’s Mexican border policy, only it involves the authorities in the UK. We have been speaking exclusively to a father who was separated from his three-year-old daughter who was nearly put up for adoption while he was detained. They’ve been awarded £50,000 in compensation from…

  • 5 Jul 2018

    An inquest jury has found a catalogue of failures against a police force after a father died after being restrained by Surrey police under the Mental Health Act in 2013. Channel 4 News has obtained exclusive footage of what happened that night. Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel reports.

  • 3 Jul 2018

    The ground temperature has soared to 500 degrees Celsius, hot enough to melt tyres, as hundreds of firefighters and soldiers continue to battle the wildfires still raging across the Lancashire moors. One fire chief described the scene as like an “apocalypse”. Crews from around the country have joined forces, including helicopters dropping thousands of litres…

  • 28 Jun 2018

    Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Simon Israel, reports.

  • 27 Jun 2018

    Most women behind bars have committed non-violent offences, and many have experienced abusive relationships or mental health issues. Campaigners have long railed against the “futility” of prison for such women, and today the government said instead of planned new prisons it will now build five residential centres.

  • 26 Jun 2018

    Channel 4 News has learnt Scotland Yard has launched an internal investigation into its handling of a case where a father was stabbed to death in a north London gang-related attack.

  • 24 Jun 2018

    Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder – after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at a birthday party. The event at a community centre in Romford in east London, turned violent as scores of young people were apparently turned away. Scotland Yard is now investigating more…

  • 23 Jun 2018

    Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an explosion which went off “inches away” from where he’d been speaking at a campaign rally. However several people were injured as the blast rocked a stadium in Bulawayo City – ahead of next month’s election. A warning – there are images which some may find distressing from the…

  • 22 Jun 2018

    It’s become one of the defining moments in British immigration history – the arrival of the Empire Windrush liner at Tilbury docks 70 years ago today. The anniversary of when Caribbean migrants first arrived in large numbers to rebuild Britain after the war was celebrated today at Tilbury and in Westminster. The government recently apologised for…

  • 14 Jun 2018

    The Home Office has announced that it is going to relax its own rules and allow more skilled workers from outside the European Union into the UK following complaints from bosses within the National Health Services about a recruitment crisis. At the moment, just over twenty thousand non-EU skilled workers are allowed in each year and…

  • 11 Jun 2018

    A young British woman says she feels vindicated after a man was jailed for almost 17 years by an Italian court for kidnapping her. Chloe Ayling, who’s 20, said she’d been drugged and abducted when she went to Milan for a modelling job in July last year. She was accused of taking part in a…

  • 28 May 2018

    “I am 100 per cent a victim of the hostile environment”. The words of a promising student whose Jamaican born family has been fighting for a decade to remain in the UK. The courts have ordered the Home Office to reconsider its refusal three times. But even in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a…

  • 21 May 2018

    There’s been concern that prosecutors or police have failed to present crucial evidence to defence lawyers which has caused the collapse of a number of trials in recent months. Today a young man was acquitted of rape at Taunton Crown Court after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to hand over thousands of Facebook messages belonging…