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."

  • 27 Feb 2018

    Theresa May is being urged to intervene over the Home Office’s treatment of former child migrants who came here from the West Indies during the 60s. Caribbean high commissioners say they want their immigration status treated as a special category. It follows the case of Anthony Bryan, who faced removal to Jamaica even though he’d…

  • 22 Feb 2018

    A sharp drop in EU immigration has been revealed in net migration figures published today. It may be good news for the Prime Minister’s pledge to bring down net migration to the hundreds of thousands. But many argue there is a heavy price being paid for tightening immigration controls: unfilled positions in the care sector…

  • 20 Feb 2018

    An inquest jury has found a catalogue of failures inside Wandsworth Prison contributed to the death of a teenage Lithuanian who hanged himself in his segregation block cell. Eighteen-year-old Osvaldas Pagirys was in prison for stealing sweets and wanted in his home country for mobile phone theft. The Prisons Ombudsman described a 37-minute delay in…

  • 19 Feb 2018

    A scientist once described as one of Cambridge University’s finest students has been jailed for 32 years for a string of offences including voyeurism, blackmail and the rape of a child. Twenty-nine-year-old Doctor Matthew Falder pleaded guilty to 137 charges after a four-year investigation by the National Crime Agency. One of his 50 victims said…

  • 13 Feb 2018

    The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against young footballers at a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, with some verdicts still outstanding. During the trial the 64-year-old was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” who would not just groom his victims, but also their families.

  • 9 Feb 2018

    They were known as ‘The Beatles’ because of their British accents: now the two surviving members thought to belong to a notorious gang of Islamic State fighters have been captured in north-east Syria. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, along with two other Londoners, have been linked to a series of hostage murder, including that…

  • 1 Feb 2018

    On the first of February 2008, the senior coroner for West Yorkshire called for young women with severe mental illness not to be sent to prison.  He urged the Prison Service and the Department of Health to keep them in secure places that could offer treatment and support. 10 years on – to the day…

  • 30 Jan 2018

    The Metropolitan Police has apologised to a student who was wrongly charged and put on trial for rape. The case against Liam Allan collapsed in December after key evidence emerged of his accuser pestering him for casual sex. But the Met said no police officer is to be disciplined over the failure to disclose the…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    The scale and devastation of knife crime in the capital is laid bare today. New Metropolitan Police figures obtained by Channel 4 News show a steep increase in fatal stabbings in 2017, with the number of teenage victims doubling. Despite both the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor of London promising to tackle…

  • 28 Jan 2018

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been arrested after his supporters staged demonstrations against the forthcoming presidential election. In chaotic scenes which were caught on camera, he was bundled into a police van. Earlier police used an angle-grinder to break into his online TV channel and make arrests. Navalny is barred from standing in the…

  • 27 Jan 2018

    All current cases of rape and sexual assault in England and Wales are being urgently reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service after a number of trials collapsed because vital evidence was not shared with defence lawyers. That means that senior prosecutors will have to review thousands of live cases and some could be scrapped.

  • 25 Jan 2018

    “Every time I report to immigration I think I am going to be locked up somewhere. It’s a nightmare.” This is now life for 60 year old Anthony Bryan – who arrived here from Jamaica in 1965. Although he has 6 British sons and 7 British grandchildren – he now feels under constant threat of…

  • 18 Jan 2018

    The chief inspector of prisons has demanded Nottingham prison be placed under emergency measures after declaring the jail as fundmentally unsafe. It’s the first time Peter Clarke has had to place the Justice Secretary on notice that prison conditions have got so bad they require immediate action. The minister now has to 28 days to…

  • 17 Jan 2018

    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…

  • 15 Jan 2018

    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.