Hundreds of Britons will be extradited for minor crimes under new rules

Hundreds of Britons will be extradited for minor misdemeanours ranging from driving offences and drunkenness to more bizarre crimes such as stealing chickens, under new rules which come into force next year.

Home Office officials have admitted that the number of people likely to be sent to face justice overseas is likely to treble once Britain signs up to a new EU agreement in April.

The new rules will ensure that anyone who has a European Arrest Warrant issued against them will be automatically taken into custody…

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