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."

  • 17 Aug 2018

    Too many of Britain’s prisons are blighted by violence, poor safety and high levels of drug use – a situation, say ministers, which simply can’t go on. Today Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced a £10m plan to curb the supply of drugs at ten of England’s “most challenging” jails. He called it a “back to…

  • 14 Aug 2018

    Counter-terrorism officers are still questioning a 29-year-old British man who drove a small car into a security barrier in front of the Houses of Parliament early this morning, injuring pedestrians and cyclists. The police say the man, who’s not known to them, is not co-operating with the inquiry. Officers have been searching three properties in…

  • 9 Aug 2018

    The family of a murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has begun a legal battle with the island’s Prime Minister for a public inquiry into her death.

  • 2 Aug 2018

    More than a hundred education leaders are calling on the Home Secretary to reduce Britain’s child citizenship fees, which a campaign group says are the highest in Europe. At a thousand pounds per child, registration costs ten times more than in Spain, France and Sweden. The chief inspector of borders and immigration has launched a…

  • 27 Jul 2018

    The Prince of Wales has written a letter expressing deep regrets over being deceived by a former bishop, a friend of his, who was convicted of historic child abuse. He described his remorse in a letter to an inquiry today. He also denied trying to influence a police investigation into the disgraced bishop, Peter Ball.…

  • 26 Jul 2018

    The recent number of emotive cases involving children who are unable to get legal prescriptions for the cannabis derived medicines they need, prompted an outcry of public sympathy. Today, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid responded with the announcement that he’s relaxing the laws to allow medicinal cannabis to be made available on prescription. The decision…

  • 20 Jul 2018

    The Home Secretary has apologised unreservedly to the family of a Windrush migrant and has offered to meet them. This programme has seen Sajid Javid’s letter on the day an inquest opened into Dexter Bristol’s death. He came to Britain from Grenada as a child in the 1960s. But he died jobless and fearing deportation,…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    Figures released today show that the rates of murder, robbery and carrying knives have risen sharply. Alongside this is a decline in detection – only 9 per cent of crimes now result in either a charge or a summons. Please be warned – there are distressing images from the start of this report.

  • 11 Jul 2018

    Now to an immigration story which has echoes of Donald Trump’s Mexican border policy, only it involves the authorities in the UK. We have been speaking exclusively to a father who was separated from his three-year-old daughter who was nearly put up for adoption while he was detained. They’ve been awarded £50,000 in compensation from…

  • 5 Jul 2018

    An inquest jury has found a catalogue of failures against a police force after a father died after being restrained by Surrey police under the Mental Health Act in 2013. Channel 4 News has obtained exclusive footage of what happened that night. Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel reports.

  • 3 Jul 2018

    The ground temperature has soared to 500 degrees Celsius, hot enough to melt tyres, as hundreds of firefighters and soldiers continue to battle the wildfires still raging across the Lancashire moors. One fire chief described the scene as like an “apocalypse”. Crews from around the country have joined forces, including helicopters dropping thousands of litres…

  • 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…