London, October 21 : British authorities are worried that trivial offences committed by Polish "crooks", such as piglet rustling and stealing puddings, are costing their legal system a fortune.
They say that Polish law enforcers insist that all Polish offenders be extradited back to their homeland, and they use the system for all kinds of trivial offences.
"The Polish system requires a trial for every criminal allegation, no matter how trivial. A disproportionate amount of time is expended in cases which do not merit the effort," the Daily Star quoted District Judge Nicholas Evans, one of only five extradition judges in England and Wales, as saying.
Detective Sergeant Gary Flood, of Scotland Yard's extradition unit, says that over 1,000 cases will have been dealt with by the end of the year.
Britain has to foot the bill each time a Polish suspect goes to extradition court, which usually includes expensive interpreter fees.
Det Sgt Flood said: "We are arranging for a Polish military flight every three weeks."