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."

  • 28 Jun 2018

    Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Simon Israel, reports.

  • 27 Jun 2018

    Most women behind bars have committed non-violent offences, and many have experienced abusive relationships or mental health issues. Campaigners have long railed against the “futility” of prison for such women, and today the government said instead of planned new prisons it will now build five residential centres.

  • 26 Jun 2018

    Channel 4 News has learnt Scotland Yard has launched an internal investigation into its handling of a case where a father was stabbed to death in a north London gang-related attack.

  • 24 Jun 2018

    Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder – after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at a birthday party. The event at a community centre in Romford in east London, turned violent as scores of young people were apparently turned away. Scotland Yard is now investigating more…

  • 23 Jun 2018

    Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an explosion which went off “inches away” from where he’d been speaking at a campaign rally. However several people were injured as the blast rocked a stadium in Bulawayo City – ahead of next month’s election. A warning – there are images which some may find distressing from the…

  • 22 Jun 2018

    It’s become one of the defining moments in British immigration history – the arrival of the Empire Windrush liner at Tilbury docks 70 years ago today. The anniversary of when Caribbean migrants first arrived in large numbers to rebuild Britain after the war was celebrated today at Tilbury and in Westminster. The government recently apologised for…

  • 14 Jun 2018

    The Home Office has announced that it is going to relax its own rules and allow more skilled workers from outside the European Union into the UK following complaints from bosses within the National Health Services about a recruitment crisis. At the moment, just over twenty thousand non-EU skilled workers are allowed in each year and…

  • 11 Jun 2018

    A young British woman says she feels vindicated after a man was jailed for almost 17 years by an Italian court for kidnapping her. Chloe Ayling, who’s 20, said she’d been drugged and abducted when she went to Milan for a modelling job in July last year. She was accused of taking part in a…

  • 28 May 2018

    “I am 100 per cent a victim of the hostile environment”. The words of a promising student whose Jamaican born family has been fighting for a decade to remain in the UK. The courts have ordered the Home Office to reconsider its refusal three times. But even in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a…

  • 21 May 2018

    There’s been concern that prosecutors or police have failed to present crucial evidence to defence lawyers which has caused the collapse of a number of trials in recent months. Today a young man was acquitted of rape at Taunton Crown Court after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to hand over thousands of Facebook messages belonging…

  • 16 May 2018

    Inmates at Nottingham Prison may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face conditions there, according to the chief prisons inspector. Peter Clarke said that for too long prisoners there had been held in a dangerous and disrespectful environment. His report found there had been eight self-inflicted deaths at the jail since…

  • 16 May 2018

    Immigration, and our attitude to it, has rarely been out of the headlines, as these revelatory Channel 4 News reports by Simon Israel from the last decade show.

  • 15 May 2018

    For weeks, the Home Office under Amber Rudd said repeatedly that they were not aware of any Windrush deportations,although they were checking. Today, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has admitted that more than 60 people caught up in the Windrush scandal may have been wrongly deported, and there could be more. When he was appointed last…

  • 15 May 2018

    Restraint methods used on asylum seekers found to be excessive

    The restraint methods used on asylum seekers transferred from the UK to other countries has been found to be excessive, unreasonable, and disproportionate according to the chief inspector of prisons months after the Home Office said the practice had stopped. Peter Clarke said they had serious concerns about the way a plane load of detainees were treated…

  • 10 May 2018

    The public inquiry into undercover policing won’t hand it’s final report to the Home Secretary for another 5 years – in 2023. The revelation comes in the publication of a strategic review of the inquiry into 40 years of undercover policing which opened in 2015 and but will only begin to hear evidence in public…