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."

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Julian Cole was a 19-year-old sports science student when he went for a night out in Bedford in 2013. He ended up brain damaged and paralysed after a scuffle with nightclub doormen and police officers. Now three of the Bedfordshire Police officers involved in his arrest have been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct. A…

  • 21 Oct 2018

    Russia’s former President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Donald Trump is making a ‘mistake’ after the US President announced plans to abandon a key nuclear weapons treaty originally signed in 1987.

  • 19 Oct 2018

    The deadline for submissions to the Home Secretary’s review of the Windrush scandal closed today, amid a row over the make-up of the advisory panel. Support groups have questioned the appointment of a senior civil servant who oversaw huge cuts to legal aid and a former immigration judge linked to the anti-immigration campaign group Migration Watch. But…

  • 16 Oct 2018

    The Home Secretary has been accused of abandoning the UK’s moral and legal stand against the death penalty by handing over evidence to the United States on two alleged Isis terrorists. The accusation’s been made by Ben Emmerson QC, a sitting Judge, who’s called for an inquiry into Sajid Javid’s decision to hand over evidence…

  • 12 Oct 2018

    Another prison, another shocking inspection report – this time from HMP Chelmsford. A visit by inspectors in May this year found high levels of violence at the Essex prison, and one of the worst rates of drug use seen in a UK jail. The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the increase in violence, number of…

  • 11 Oct 2018

    Some were deported, some lost their homes and jobs. Now, the Home Office says it’s extending the deadline for responses to the planned Windrush compensation scheme, amid growing opposition to the proposal to cap awards. The daughter of one victim, Sarah O’Connor, whose funeral was last week, told this programme that the government failed her mother and…

  • 3 Oct 2018

    PC Keith Palmer’s widow said her husband had been “left alone, unarmed, guarding an open gate”, saying the family now had to live with the consequences of Scotland Yard’s failure.

  • 20 Sep 2018

    “I am sorry I was not vigilant enough”: the widow of Khalid Masood has apologised to his victims in last year’s Westminster Bridge terror attack, at the inquest into the deaths. Rohey Hydara said she had no idea what her husband had been planning, calling him ‘evil’. Masood’s mother also gave evidence about her son’s farewell visit days before…

  • 18 Sep 2018

    Senior police officers have given a stark warning about what Britain’s departure from the EU could mean for public safety on our streets.

  • 17 Sep 2018

    Marooned on a British army base for nearly 20 years. The future of five families from Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria and Iraq – 10 adults and 17 children, recognised as refugees – will be decided by the UK’s most senior judges.

  • 3 Sep 2018

    Environmental protesters are claiming a moral victory after a High Court Judge said they were free to demonstrate at drilling sites across southern England. However, the UK Oil and Gas company welcomed the judge’s decision to prevent them from any activities that interfere with its business.

  • 28 Aug 2018

    Relatives of a man from the Windrush generation – who died of heart failure while trying to prove his British citizenship – have stormed out of the inquest into his death today. 

  • 17 Aug 2018

    Too many of Britain’s prisons are blighted by violence, poor safety and high levels of drug use – a situation, say ministers, which simply can’t go on. Today Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced a £10m plan to curb the supply of drugs at ten of England’s “most challenging” jails. He called it a “back to…

  • 14 Aug 2018

    Counter-terrorism officers are still questioning a 29-year-old British man who drove a small car into a security barrier in front of the Houses of Parliament early this morning, injuring pedestrians and cyclists. The police say the man, who’s not known to them, is not co-operating with the inquiry. Officers have been searching three properties in…

  • 9 Aug 2018

    The family of a murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has begun a legal battle with the island’s Prime Minister for a public inquiry into her death.