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."

  • 29 Oct 2017

    A south Yorkshire village will take on the Swiss petrochemical giant INEOS over a wide-ranging injunction to protect its fracking operations.

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Immigration officers say they have smashed one of Europe’s most extensive human smuggling networks. A co-ordinated series of raids has led to 11 arrests in the UK and a further 15 in Bulgaria and Belgium. The gangs allegedly used specially adapted vehicles to transport people across Europe. Most of the 400 smuggled migrants were from…

  • 17 Oct 2017

    The head of MI5 has described the scale and pace of the current terror threat as the highest he’s ever seen. In the first on-camera briefing to journalists in the agency’s history, Andrew Parker said attacks are now able to accelerate from plan to intent within days.

  • 16 Oct 2017

    The family of a teenager who died when his moped crashed during a police chase has been barred from the gross misconduct hearing into the officers’ alleged failure to follow guidelines. The parents and sister of Henry Hicks have been told they can only watch proceedings from an annex in order to safeguard the officers’…

  • 10 Oct 2017

    The Home Secretary’s efforts to detain hundreds of survivors of torture has been declared unlawful. A High Court judge has ruled that many were wrongly locked up in immigration centres because the policy brought in last year ignored the correct legal interpretation of torture.

  • 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.