Retailers break anti-graffiti rules
Two Christchurch retailers will be charged after they were found breaching anti-graffiti rules designed to restrict access to spray cans.
Under legislation introduced in 2008 to help curb graffiti, paint spray cans may be sold only to people aged 18 or over.
In a joint police and Christchurch City Council operation conducted last week, 15 spray can retailers across the city were visited by a 16-year-old volunteer under police supervision.
Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder said the volunteer attempted to purchase spray cans in all 15 stores.
"It is encouraging that most stores refused to sell to the 16-year old," he said.
"Unfortunately two stores did sell spray cans to the volunteer. Those making the sales will be charged and put before the court."
The stores, one in New Brighton and one in Sydenham, will be charged with selling spray cans to under 18s and will be liable for a fine of up to $1500.
A court date has not yet been set.