A CROWN Court judge will decide whether to activate a prison sentence hanging over a DVD thief.

Abigail Noble, 22, of Middleton Court, Darlington, admitted stealing £19 worth of DVD boxsets from BHS in Darlington in February when she appeared at the town's Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, March 20).

The court heard that at the time of the theft she was under a suspended prison sentence order imposed by the Crown Court for a burglary conviction.

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Magistrates sent Noble back to the Crown Court on a date to be fixed to hear whether the prison sentence will be activated.