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 17 Jan 2018 Sections

    What’s the best way to support the homeless? Conservative-run Gloucester City Council have drawn criticism for a poster campaign urging people not to give loose change to people in the street, but to donate to established homeless charities instead. The poster claims that some rough sleepers have accommodation and are already receiving support and benefits…

  • Published on 15 Jan 2018 Sections ,

    Tributes have been paid to the former England footballer Cyrille Regis,  who’s died aged 59 after a cardiac arrest. Regis, who won five caps for England, was a pioneer for black players in the late 1970s. The Professional Footballers’ Association called him a “true gentleman and a legend”, who would be deeply missed.

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    An interim report into the emergency response to the Manchester Arena attack has criticised some in the media and social media users over the aftermath of the tragedy, saying some bereaved families were approached before they’d known what had happened to their loved ones. But Lord Bob Kerslake, who’s leading the review, also said there…

  • Published on 29 Dec 2017 Sections

    The public will next month be allowed to appeal against lenient sentences for some terrorist offences the government announced today. People who believe punishments are too soft will be able to appeal to the attorney general. Those found guilty of crimes such as tipping off terrorists about an investigation could see their sentences increased as…

  • Published on 16 Dec 2017 Sections

    Out in the cold and dependent on drugs. Britain’s second city, Birmingham, is facing a twin crisis: high levels of homelessness and drug use. The city’s mayor is trying a new strategy, getting people back into housing, before tackling their drug problem. Meanwhile outreach workers are trying to create safe areas, called drug consumption rooms,…

  • Published on 9 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    “You have ignored the service I have done for this country, and the risks I have taken”. Those were the words of a former British army Afghan interpreter who’s seeking asylum in the UK. Simon Israel reports.

  • Published on 7 Dec 2017 Sections

    Two former soldiers have appeared in court to plead the case to remain in the UK of an Afghan man who worked as their interpreter when they were fighting the Taliban.

  • Published on 5 Dec 2017 Sections

    The security services might have stopped the Manchester terror attack if intelligence about the bomber hadn’t been misinterpreted. The independent assessment of that attack, and three others in London, found that MI5 and counter-terrorism officers had not been “entirely blindsided” by the incidents. But it’s also emerged that nine potential terror attacks have been prevented…

  • Published on 4 Dec 2017 Sections

    Son of former Met officer allowed to sue the force for psychological damage

    The abandoned son of a former Metropolitan Police undercover officer Bob Lambert is being allowed to sue the force for compensation for psychological damage and negligence.

  • Published on 1 Dec 2017 Sections

    A group of Grenfell survivors and relatives have launched a petition urging Theresa May to appoint a panel of advisers to the public inquiry to better represent the experiences of those affected by the fire. One, who lost his uncle in the fire, says they feel detached, and anxious and fear no-one is listening to…

  • Published on 24 Nov 2017

    Crowds were sent running in panic along London’s busy Oxford Street this afternoon, as armed police responded to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus tube station, initially warning people to avoid the area or seek shelter inside buildings.

  • Published on 23 Nov 2017

    A High Court judge has upheld a wide-ranging injunction which prevents unlawful protests against fracking operations by the petrochemical giant INEOS. However, in what the protestors claimed as a partial victory, harassment has been removed from the order, which they had described as “draconian”. The injunction threatens jail or financial penalties against anyone who unlawfully…

  • Published on 9 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Thousands of teenagers have been referred to the government’s anti-terror programme, known as Prevent – according to the first detailed figures published by the Home Office since the scheme was launched 12 years ago.  In total, more than seven and a half thousand people were referred between 2015 and 2016, with far-right extremism a growing concern.

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    “The government are letting down a lot of kids,” Lord Dubs said today, after campaigners lost a legal challenge against the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted by the UK under the so-called Dubs amendment. The charity Help Refugees claimed the consultation process, by which the government calculated how many children should be accepted, was “fundamentally flawed”. The…

  • Published on 31 Oct 2017

    Now Scotland Yard says the alarming rise in moped crime may have reached its peak, revealing new high tech tactics they’re deploying to tackle it across the capital. They’ve doubled the number of stop and searches in the last few months as part of efforts to combat violent youth crime. 33 people aged under 25…