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 10 Dec 2016 Sections

    A convicted drug dealer recently released from prison has revealed to Channel 4 News the scale of the destruction brought about inside by psychoactive substances known as NPS. He claims that up to 80 per cent of inmates in some jails are now hooked on ‘Spice’ and says some prisoners are prepared to do anything…

  • Published on 30 Nov 2016 Sections

    A mother is suing Sussex Police for being restrained, stripped naked and left on the floor of a police cell after calling 999 for help following a failed suicide attempt.

  • Published on 29 Nov 2016 Sections ,

    Prison regime ‘possibly the very worst’ ever seen by inspectors

    Suicides double in five years, five ambulance calls out a day to a prison in Bristol because of drug use, and a sixth death in one London prison alone in the past year. And if it couldn’t get any worse it does. Today, yet another damning report by the prison inspectorate into a failing prison which will test Liz Truss’s resolve on how quickly she can respond.

  • Published on 25 Nov 2016 Sections

    Senior judges have ordered the independent police watchdog to re-investigate the police Taser death of a factory worker in Manchester. In the first ruling of its kind, the High Court quashed the IPCC’s original inquiry into the death of Jordon Begley in 2013, which cleared any officer of blame.

  • Published on 23 Nov 2016 Sections ,

    A man has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of drugging and murdering four young, gay men at his flat in east London, then dumping their bodies nearby. Stephen Port was also convicted of four rapes and 10 counts of drugging victims.

  • Published on 18 Nov 2016

    The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the controversial independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse, insisting that it has a “vital role to play”. A panel member of the inquiry has  told Channel 4 News they will stay the course.

  • Published on 16 Nov 2016 Sections

    A jury has acquitted ten Asian men of violent disorder during clashes on the day of a far-right extremist march in Rotherham. The men said they acted in self-defence in the face of hostile racist abuse following a far-right demonstration in the town.

  • Published on 8 Nov 2016 Sections

    A damning report has accused Scotland Yard of multiple failings in the way it carried out its Operation Midland investigation into false claims of a VIP paedophile ring.

  • Published on 2 Nov 2016 Sections

    Asian police officer wins £470,000 payout for racial discrimination

    Nadeem Saddique became the victim of racial discrimination and vicitmisation on 25 occasions on the grounds of his Pakistani origin and his Muslim religion

  • Published on 20 Oct 2016 Sections , ,

    Rotherham trial: far right activists in the spotlight

    The court was told the group looked for opportunities to carry out attacks on Asians and Muslims to give themselves a more militant image than other far right movements.

  • Published on 8 Sep 2016 Sections

    Culture of fear at Metropolitan Police

    A two-year investigation into the Metropolitan Police’s treatment of female, black, minority ethnic and gay officers has uncovered a culture of fear.

  • Published on 2 Aug 2016 Sections ,

    Government’s counter-extremism strategy faces court challenge

    Muslim activist Dr Salman Butt has launched legal action against the Home Secretary after he was named in a Government press release about hate preachers.

  • Published on 29 Jul 2016

    Met Police to meet black fireman in wake of race allegations

    The London firefighter has accepted an invitation to discuss how diversity training could be improved in the Met after telling Channel 4 News that “racism is like a disease” in the force.

  • Published on 11 Jul 2016 Sections ,

    Has Theresa May been a good Home Secretary?

    One insider describes her as a formidable negotiator with great attention to detail – someone who, perhaps surprisingly, “cares more about the little people than the big ones”.

  • Published on 8 Jul 2016 Sections ,

    Brexit: Rise in hate crimes reported after vote

    Hate crime across the UK had gone up 46% in the two weeks either side of the Brexit vote, compared to the same period last year.