CCTV cameras are to make a welcome return in a market town after years of campaigning.

A cash injection of £21,110 will pay for four fixed and three deployable cameras to be installed in Richmond.

Up until 2014, Richmond had cameras funded through a partnership of the district council, town council and local businesses.

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They were withdrawn after businesses could no longer provide the funding.

In April 2015, the tragic death of Andrew Jackson, who was beaten to death near the town's Turf Hotel, sparked a petition which was signed by more than 1,400 people.

It was handed to the council last June, days before councillors decided against the replacement of the cameras.

The cost was estimated to be £39,500 initially plus annual costs of £29,344, which they said was not justified given the town centre’s relatively low crime rates.

However, councillors agreed to help other organisations and communities with set up costs if they were able to run and monitor the cameras.

Councillor Yvonne Peacock, Richmondshire District Council leader, said: “Last summer we made a commitment to help communities with the capital costs of installing cameras.

“We will look to help all communities and business associations wanting to operate schemes themselves.”

Under the scheme, four cameras will be fixed on the town hall and museum covering the car parks, pedestrian and shopping areas.

Another three deployable cameras will be used on outlined trouble spots.

Richmond mayor Stuart Parsons said: “The major incident a few years ago brought the issue into focus, so by putting them back up in Richmond will make people feel safer.

“If cameras are approved it would be great news for the town. Luckily, we don’t have many problems in Richmond, but it will help limit the few we do have.”

Corporate board members are expected to award the cash to Richmond Town Council at a meeting this Tuesday.