A MAN woke in bed to find himself being stabbed repeatedly during a frenzied attack in Southend.

Police and paramedics were called to a home to investigate Monday’s attack and yesterday Lora Cole appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

The unnamed victim was stabbed six times at a property in Roots Hall Drive, Southend.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We were called to an address on Roots Hall Drive shortly after 11.10pm on Monday, October 7 to reports that a man in his 40s had suffered several stab wounds and was taken to hospital for his injuries."

Cole, a 45-year-old female suspect, appeared in court in a grey tracksuit flanked by security guards.

No plea was entered and no bail application was made during the short hearing.

Lesley Chipps, prosecuting, said: "This case is ready to be sent to crown court and there is no bail application.

"A 999 call was made by the victim and an ambulance attended.

“The man was stabbed six times.

"He was sleeping and was woken.

"He was stabbed in the arm. Police went to the home."

The victim is understood to be recovering from the injuries.

Cole, of Roots Hall Drive, was subsequently charged with attempted murder.

She spoke only to confirm her name and age to the court.

She has been remanded into custody.

Chairman of the bench Anne Wade told Cole she would remain in custody until her next court appearance when she will be expected to enter a plea. Cole will next appear at Basildon Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on November 6.