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."

  • 8 Oct 2017

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating on the streets of Barcelona. But one week on from their region’s vote in favour of independence, the protesters were demanding to remain part of a united Spain.

  • 7 Oct 2017

    Police have ruled out as terror an incident in the capital this afternoon where a car mounted the pavement in one of London’s busiest tourist districts injuring several people.

  • 6 Oct 2017

    Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel has given unique and detailed scrutiny to the issue of deaths in custody. He’s spoken extensively to the families of men who have killed themselves or died in prisons, or police cells – and looked into how these events are investigated in the aftermath. These are his key…

  • 6 Oct 2017

    Six Metropolitan police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct over the death of a 23 year old man. Olaseni Lewis died in 2010 after being restrained in a south London mental health hospital. An inquest jury had previously criticised a series of failures by police and medical staff, but the misconduct tribunal found that the restraint was  “necessary,…

  • 27 Sep 2017

    A man has died after he was shot by armed police near a busy motorway outside Bristol. Forensic officers have cordoned off the scene at a junction of the M5 for Portishead. Images show what appears to be a handgun on the roof of the red hatchback car – and several bullet holes along the…

  • 26 Sep 2017

    A man who lost six members of his family in the Grenfell Tower fire says the police helicopter deployed that night created a “cruel and tortuous hope” for his family that led him to believe they could be rescued from the air. Nabil Choucair has lodged a formal complaint after listening to harrowing 999 calls made by his family that night. He says they…

  • 22 Sep 2017

    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…

  • 21 Sep 2017

    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.

  • 20 Sep 2017

    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…

  • 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.

  • 11 Sep 2017

    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.

  • 8 Sep 2017

    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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 3 Sep 2017

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