Timaru residents are still breaching the town's liquor ban more than a decade after it was enacted.
Police apprehended at least six people for the offence at the weekend for either bringing alcohol into town or smuggling it out of bars.
In many cases, offenders who are caught are given warnings. In a worst case scenario, they also risk being fined a maximum of $20,000.
Senior Sergeant Mark Offen said the problem was not necessarily growing, but was becoming more apparent after police had made it one of their target areas.
"[We] just remind them that, basically, the CBD has a liquor ban, which goes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and with foot patrols and hotel visits, there's an increased likelihood of people being apprehended for breach of the liquor ban."
The ban was enforced more than 10 years ago. It is bordered by Theodosia St, including Z Caroline Bay, Bayview Place, under the viaduct at the bottom of Bay Hill to the railway line and North St.
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