A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with the knifepoint robbery of a boy’s £3,500 electric bike along a canal bank.

The 17-year-old, from Newport, is accused of committing a robbery at the city’s Monmouthshire and Brecon canal near Malpas Lane on April 29.

The defendant is also accused of the robbery of a mountain bike and £30 cash two days before.

He denies the charges and has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of having a knife in public.

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The boy was remanded into youth detention at Newport Magistrates’ Court and is due to appear again on May 12.