Brent Councils have been given new powers to tackle Britain's growing fly-tipping problem. From this month,fixed penalty notices can be issued for small-scale offences such as dumping pieces of broken furniture, old televisions or mattresses. Unsightly and anti-social, fly-tipping has become a menace to residents in Brent. "Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin." Potential offender will be issued a fine of anywhere between £150 and £400.