A WIGAN veteran is calling for a return of Dad’s Army to help the nation combat domestic terrorism.
Ex-L/Cpl Malcolm Vickers says a Home Guard should be set up to help “spotting bad guys” and has written to the Home Secretary with the idea.
The plan is a case of life imitating art with a revamp of the classic TV series set to hit the silver screens later this year.
Pensioner Malcolm told the Evening Post he came up with the notion after watching news bulletins calling for the public to remain vigilant to help combat terrorism.
He said: “There are hundreds of army veterans who may not be as mobile as they once were but they have sharp eyes and sharp minds and that’s the main thing.
“The country’s resources are being stretched to the limit and we have something here which is as yet untapped.
“When Britain has been under threat at times in the past, it has relied on the Home Guard. My father served in the Great War and then served in Dad’s Army in the second World War.”
The 70-year-old has written to Home Secretary Theresa May suggesting the new Home Guard could be deployed at public events to sniff out any potential threats.
The former military man, who was attached to Lancashire Regiments and served in Hindley C Company during his career, said in his letter: “I am in touch with about 17 veterans groups here in Lancashire. There are 346 veterans as members. Out of these I think 98 veterans would be ideal for this modern variation of Dad’s Army.
“They would be suitable as a support group to any security/police detail at any public gathering.”
“The veterans of England are a ready-made body of men who know which end is up in regard to spotting the bad guys.”
Malcolm did not get the response he wanted however, but has vowed to pursue his idea.
In a letter from a Home Office official, he was informed the Prime Minister has already set up an Extremism Task Force to “identify any areas where our current approach was lacking and agree practical steps to fights against all forms of extremism.”
It adds: “I would like to thank you for your suggestion. However, the Government does not have any current plans to re-establish the ‘Home Guard’.
“I would like to reassure you that this Government takes the threat of terrorism and extremism very seriously.
“Extremism has no place in our society and will not be tolerated.”