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 4 Jul 2017 Sections

    Three weeks ago tonight, the Grenfell Tower burned. This evening a private meeting between the survivors and relatives, the police and the coroner has taken place – in a bid to answer some of the many, many questions that this tragedy has provoked. As it was confirmed that 190 high rise blocks in England have…

  • Published on 3 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Government says those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire will be offered proper temporary accommodation by this Wednesday, promising that they won’t be forced to live anywhere they don’t want to live. But many residents are still frustrated with the speed of the Government’s response and the confusion over who’s taking charge on the…

  • Published on 30 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    He resisted the pressure for more than two weeks. In the end he yielded to it. Tonight Nicholas Paget-Brown finally resigned over his handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster, amid mounting criticism and revelations about the way the council behaved. He said he had to accept responsibility for what he called “perceived failings” after the…

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections

    Home Secretary accused of unlawful process to limit refugee children entering UK

    The Home Secretary is accused of unlawfully setting limits to numbers of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK.

  • Published on 16 Jun 2017

    A public inquiry has been ordered into the Grenfell fire looking at the materials used on the exterior of the building, as well as what fire safety measures were in place. Reviews of high-rise blocks around the UK are already under way.  Channel 4 News understands that the government was warned about inflammable cladding used…

  • Published on 15 Jun 2017 Sections

    There had been warnings that this type of thing might happen. Previous fires in tower blocks – mercifully less severe than this one – had led to recommendations for improved safety measures. But few of these had been implemented. So who is to blame for this apparent lack of action?

  • Published on 10 Jun 2017 Sections

    There have been two more arrests by detectives investigating last weekends London Bridge attack. Both were held on suspicion of terror offences in raids on separate addresses in east London. Meanwhile police have revealed the London Bridge attackers tried to hire a lorry hours before the attack, but failed because they couldn’t provide payment details.

  • Published on 7 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    The family of one of the London Bridge attackers, Khuram Butt, say they are shocked and appalled by his actions.

  • Published on 6 Jun 2017 Sections

    The third man in the London Bridge attack was named today as Youssef Zaghba. He was a Moroccan-Italian, who, according to the Italian media, had been stopped by Italian authorities, who feared he was trying to get to Syria last year. It’s raised new questions about what British investigators knew, given that they had investigated…

  • Published on 5 Jun 2017

    The attacks have sparked a fresh debate not just about police numbers, but also whether all officers should routinely carry guns. The Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she didn’t think that was a sensible response, but said she would be seeking more resourcing for London’s force. But are there enough officers to deal with the…

  • Published on 4 Jun 2017 Sections

    Police have been giving more details about their response – saying officers fired an “unprecedented” 50 rounds at the three attackers, fearing they were wearing suicide devices. One member of the public was wounded in the process. Counter terrorism chief Mark Rowley said said detectives were now trying to establish whether others were involved in…

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections ,

    Government loses appeal after refusing to resettle stranded Cyprus refugees

    Appeal judges have ruled Theresa May acted unlawfully in refusing to resettle six refugee families who’ve been stranded on a British military base in Cyprus for the past 19 years.

  • Published on 24 May 2017 Sections

    Salman Abedi is believed to have visited Libya, and possibly Syria, in recent months. But how much was known about him by the security services? It was suggested that he had been a “peripheral figure” in their monitoring of terrorist suspects. And if  he was missed, what of others in the suspected network?

  • Published on 23 May 2017

    The Manchester attack has led to security reviews all over the country. The Metropolitan Police is reinforcing armed officer patrols in London and is reviewing measures in place for this weekend’s football and rugby cup finals. The Prime Minister also announced that the intelligence services are reassessing threat levels.

  • Published on 14 May 2017

    Europol are warning that the global ransomware attack could get worse as unsuspecting workers log in to infected computers on Monday.