Police in Christchurch have charged two retailers after they were found breaching anti-graffiti rules designed to restrict access to spray cans.
Fifty-five spray can retailers across the city were visited by police and Christchurch City Council in May, as part of an increasing focus on graffiti in the city.
The council says only 10 stores were not complying, and when they were visited again in June, police found two retailers still not complying.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder says the two were charged with allowing unrestricted access to spray cans and will appear in court next week,
The stores are liable for a fine of up to $1500.