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 22 Sep 2017 Sections

    A 16-year-old has become the latest victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be named. Nur Huda el-Wahabi died alongside her parents and two brothers, who all lived on the west London block’s 21st floor.Meanwhile, the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has pledged that Grenfell residents will be consulted before any re-housing decisions are made. Only five families…

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections

    A report has detailed how police missed numerous chances to prevent the death of a mentally ill man. 25-year-old James Herbert never regained consciousness after being restrained, transported 27 miles then left naked face down in a police cell. Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission recommended special techniques when dealing with those with mental health problems.

  • Published on 20 Sep 2017 Sections

    The chief inspector of prisons has told Channel 4 News that despite the recruitment of hundreds more prison officers, violence in jails is increasing, His report on one prison in Dorset found the drug spice was now cheaper than cigarettes and fuelling very high levels of violence. Portland prison’s Independent Monitoring Board today said it…

  • Published on 19 Sep 2017

    Police say the death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire may be lower than the current estimate of 80, after investigations into a number of cases of fraud. Detectives have taken over 1,000 statements and seized 31 million documents since the disaster in June.

  • Published on 11 Sep 2017 Sections

    Two Staffordshire police officers have been found guilty of misconduct for “failing in their duty of care” over the death of Adrian McDonald while he was caged in the back of a police van in December 2014.

  • Published on 8 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    Bias and overt discrimination within the justice system could turn young offenders from ethnic minorities into the next generation of criminals, David Lammy has warned. His review has found evidence of bias throughout the system in England and Wales, from the courts to prisons. The government has promised to “look carefully” at his 35 recommendations.

  • Published on 6 Sep 2017

    A police disciplinary hearing has heard how three officers failed in their duty of care to a man who lay dying in the caged rear of a police van. Adrian Macdonald’s last words were “I can’t breathe”, but an expert’s evidence said it took nine minutes before police attempted to resuscitate him. The officers all…

  • Published on 4 Sep 2017

    When Theresa May was Home Secretary in 2015, she met families of men who had died in police custody. She was so moved that she demanded that the Home Office investigate. Its report was completed at the beginning of this year and was due to be published this week, but now the Home Office has…

  • Published on 3 Sep 2017 Sections

    A major Home Office review into deaths in custody has been delayed.

  • Published on 2 Sep 2017 Sections

    The disciplinary hearing for six Metropolitan Police officers who are facing gross misconduct charges over the 2010 death of Olaseni Lewis will be held behind closed doors. Only the verdict will be made public. An inquest jury found the 23-year-old had been subject to unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive force which contributed to the student’s death.

  • Published on 23 Aug 2017 Sections

    The body that managed the estate where the Grenfell Tower stands is to be stripped of all responsibility for running it. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, told a private meeting of residents last night that Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will no longer run the Lancaster West housing estate.

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections

    “The public inquiry seems to be run by the Government, they can trim and decide what they want” – the words of one man who lost six members of his family in the Grenfell Tower fire and is still waiting for all of them to be formally identified. Nabil Choucair is frustrated at how long it’s taken…

  • Published on 11 Aug 2017

    Eleven gang-members linked to a traveller family have been convicted of enslaving homeless and disabled men in Lincolnshire. The court heard that the Rooney clan operated a modern slavery ring forcing victims  to work for little or no pay and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years.

  • Published on 10 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    There were an average of 171 hate crimes every day in England and Wales last year. The incidents range from threats and attacks on people, to attacks on places of worship, spiking first after Brexit and again after the terror attacks. What’s more, the numbers could well be an underestimate. So where does this leave…

  • Published on 8 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    The lawyer of the British model who says she was kidnapped and held for six days in Italy has admitted police initially had doubts about her story. But he described suggestions that Chloe Ayling might have been in on the abduction as “evil”. This programme has learned that British police were notified of her disappearance…