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 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…

  • Published on 7 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    A British woman who says she was abducted in Milan and held for six days in a terrifying ordeal is being debriefed by the Foreign Office and police today – while detectives continue their investigation into what happened. Chloe Ayling told reporters she had feared for her life “minute by minute, hour by hour”. A…

  • Published on 4 Aug 2017

    The young British computer expert who helped to stop the global cyber-attack on the NHS earlier this year could face up to 40 years in an American jail – after he was arrested for allegedly creating his own malicious software. 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was detained by the FBI accused of six hacking related crimes.

  • Published on 2 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    The President of the Prison Governors Association has said a “perverse” government overhaul is to blame for the crisis in jails across England and Wales. In an open letter she said the Prison Service is trying to cope with a “toxic mix” of pressures. The government has said it has taken action to deal with…

  • Published on 1 Aug 2017

    The National Crime Agency and the NPCC have issued public warnings about the highly addictive painkiller drug marketed as Fentanyl. It’s one of the strongest opiates on the marke, more powerful than heroin and morphine. New figures show that 60 people in the UK died after coming into contact with the drug in the last…

  • Published on 28 Jul 2017 Sections

    For the families who escaped the tower, there is still a huge amount of emotional turmoil: many are still struggling to get the right support, others are yearning to be allowed back in to see the damage for themselves. And now that police say they have enough evidence for corporate manslaughter charges, will this bring this any…

  • Published on 27 Jul 2017 Sections

    The police say they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect Kensington and Chelsea Council and the authority’s Tenant Management Organisation may have committed corporate manslaughter. At least eighty people lost their lives in the fire. Scotland Yard said that a senior representative from each organisation would be interviewed as part of their ongoing criminal investigation.

  • Published on 25 Jul 2017 Sections

    Twenty eight people died as a result of police pursuits in the last year, the highest level for eight years. And most of them, according to new figures, were bystanders or passengers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now reviewing whether new police safety or training is needed. Its report also shows six people died…

  • Published on 23 Jul 2017 Sections

    The parents of Charlie Gard say they’re extremely upset at comments they’ve received since Great Ormond Street hospital revealed its staff have been targeted with violent threats and abuse over the case.

  • Published on 4 Jul 2017 Sections

    Three weeks ago tonight, the Grenfell Tower burned. This evening a private meeting between the survivors and relatives, the police and the coroner has taken place – in a bid to answer some of the many, many questions that this tragedy has provoked. As it was confirmed that 190 high rise blocks in England have…

  • Published on 3 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Government says those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire will be offered proper temporary accommodation by this Wednesday, promising that they won’t be forced to live anywhere they don’t want to live. But many residents are still frustrated with the speed of the Government’s response and the confusion over who’s taking charge on the…

  • Published on 30 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    He resisted the pressure for more than two weeks. In the end he yielded to it. Tonight Nicholas Paget-Brown finally resigned over his handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster, amid mounting criticism and revelations about the way the council behaved. He said he had to accept responsibility for what he called “perceived failings” after the…

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections

    Home Secretary accused of unlawful process to limit refugee children entering UK

    The Home Secretary is accused of unlawfully setting limits to numbers of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK.

  • Published on 16 Jun 2017

    A public inquiry has been ordered into the Grenfell fire looking at the materials used on the exterior of the building, as well as what fire safety measures were in place. Reviews of high-rise blocks around the UK are already under way.  Channel 4 News understands that the government was warned about inflammable cladding used…

  • Published on 15 Jun 2017 Sections

    There had been warnings that this type of thing might happen. Previous fires in tower blocks – mercifully less severe than this one – had led to recommendations for improved safety measures. But few of these had been implemented. So who is to blame for this apparent lack of action?