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."
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?
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.
Europol are warning that the global ransomware attack could get worse as unsuspecting workers log in to infected computers on Monday.
A jury at an inquest into the death of a man who died in a psychiatric hospital has ruled it was at least partly due to “prolonged and disproportionate restraint” by 11 police officers.
MPs are recommending an ‘escalating system of sanctions’ against social media giants like Facebook and Twitter who fail to tackle illegal content like hate speech and sexual images of children. The Home Affairs Select Committee said there was nowhere near enough being done to tackle abuse and extremism – claiming the biggest firms were “big…
A 21 year old woman is under guard in hospital after she was shot by police during an anti-terror operation in north west London.
Police in Westminster have arrested a man on suspicion of planning a terror attack and possession of an offensive weapon. Officers say knives were recovered from him but there was no immediate known threat.
An investigation by the police watchdog has uncovered a catalogue of errors behind a decision to return shotguns to an elderly dog breeder who then used one to kill his partner and her daughter.
In America, the state of Arkansas has carried out the country’s first double execution since the year 2000. Lethal injections were administered to two death row inmates, each separately convicted of rape and murder offences.
A prosecutor has accused a leading human rights law firm and three of its solicitors of knowingly pursuing dishonest claims in a “substantial and lucrative operation”. Leigh Day faces 20 charges arising out of allegations that British soldiers had tortured, maimed and mutilated Iraqi detainees during the war.
Two leading human rights lawyers face a tribunal next week over false claims against British soldiers during the Iraq war.
The US state of Arkansas is in a hurry. The authorities are rushing to execute seven convicted murderers by the end of the month – before the shelf life of a lethal injection drug expires.
Just one man remains in custody in connection with the Westminster terror attack – following 11 arrests since Wednesday. Nine have been released with no further action.
More “significant arrests”, over 20 addresses searched, thousands of witnesses contacted, and “massive amounts of computer data” still to review. Police are doing everything they can to find out how and why Khalid Masood carried out the Westminster terror attack and whether he acted alone or was directed by others.
The man who police believe killed three in Westminster yesterday, 52-year-old Khalid Masood, had a string of convictions. But none of them were for terrorism offences.