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 9 Jan 2017 Sections

    An inquest has heard how a 25 year old man electrocuted himself in his prison cell.

  • Published on 6 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    A former prisons boss has called on the Justice Secretary to apologise for the prison system being brought to the brink of collapse.

  • Published on 3 Jan 2017 Sections

    The man shot dead by police on a motorway slip road in West Yorkshire has been named as 28-year-old father of two, Yassar Yaqub.

  • Published on 30 Dec 2016

    The US is not alone in it’s cyber attack allegations – Britain and the EU have repeatedly warned of ‘Russian aggression’, using cyberspace to push its propaganda, exploit division, and subvert defence systems.

  • Published on 23 Dec 2016

    It was certainly the news Germany was waiting for, but not, perhaps, the way the authorities wanted to hear it. At three o’clock this morning, the man believed responsible for the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan.

  • Published on 19 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    A woman deceived into a relationship with an undercover police officer has given her first television interview about the trauma, the anger and the damage done to her life.

  • Published on 18 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    Part of the deal to allow in buses and ambulances to the eastern side of the city was that similar access would be granted to government-supporting communities in two villages in the mostly rebel-held Idlib province. But images emerged this afternoon of some of those buses on fire, after coming under attack from Ex-Nusra Front…

  • Published on 17 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    A new agreement has been reached to resume the evacuation of East Aleppo – but will any of those left in the former rebel enclave have the confidence and courage to take part in it?

  • Published on 16 Dec 2016 Sections

    Britain’s largest ever public inquiry has been beset by problems, including a flurry of departures of top figures. In September, Ben Emmerson QC resigned as counsel to the inquiry. Our senior Home Affairs correspondent Simon Israel spoke with Professor Jay, the inquiry’s chair.

  • Published on 16 Dec 2016 Sections

    A specialist riot squad has been deployed to a privately-run Birmingham jail after a major disturbance spread to four wings. Disorder broke out at HMP Birmingham this morning when inmates managed to get hold of an officer’s keys.

  • 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.