A woman preyed on the kindness of strangers to steal their money by telling them she needed it for taxis for her child.

Shona Stiles, 36, told strangers that she needed money to escape a boyfriend but was unable to withdraw any as she did not have a bank card.

When strangers handed over up to hundreds of pounds, she then used a fake banking phoneline to make them believe that they would get the money straight back.

Sussex Police investigating officer Santa Keise said: "Multiple victims were preyed on and had their kindness taken for granted by Stiles.

"She repeated her charade time and time again, and we believe that there may still be further victims who have been affected by her persistent acts of deception.