A HEROIN addict knocked on people’s front doors and asked for money to feed a fictitious electric meter, a court was told yesterday (Monday).

Jennifer Amor, 31, of Graces Field, Stroud, appeared before District Judge Joti Bop-Rai at Cheltenham Magistrates Court and admitted five charges of fraud by misrepresentation.

The offences were committed at various addresses in Stroud between February 5 and March 3, this year, the court heard.

Statements from some of the victims were read out in court by prosecuting lawyer May Li.

“I feel much more wary now whenever my front doorbell is rung or I hear a knock on the door,” read one statement. “I am very careful now when I open my front door.”

Another read: “I feel that this was an insult to my intelligence. It is a real nuisance in the neighbourhood and I worry that there are a lot of elderly people in this area who might hand over money.”

Amor said in court: “I am really very sorry.”

The district judge imposed a six-month community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement, £25 fine and ordered Amor to pay £85 prosecution costs.