Former Lyric FM star hurt while under arrest
A FORMER Lyric FM broadcaster has been arrested in Zimbabwe and friends claim that he suffered a dislocated shoulder in police detention.
Petroc Trelawny, who now works for the BBC, was held for not having a work permit immediately after compering a music concert in the second city of Bulawayo on Thursday.
He slipped and fell while in police custody, causing a recurrence of a shoulder problem, a local organiser said, adding that Mr Trelawny had been moved from his cell to hospital for surgery under anaesthetic yesterday.
Zimbabwe's police stations and prisons are notorious for their inhumane conditions and allegations of beatings and torture. But Trelawny, who is in his 40s and now presents the classical magazine programme Music Matters, BBC Radio 3's evening topical drive-time show In Tune and Radio 3's Live in Concert, is said to be in "good spirits".
Bruce McDonald, administrator of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, which is running a five-day festival in Bulawayo, said: "He was detained at city hall at the end of a performance involving 500 children.
"The hall was full to capacity. There were no police. It was a gentleman from immigration who went up to him and said, 'We'd like to see you'.
"He was detained and had a bad fall. He put his shoulder out and today they're putting it back in under general anaesthetic."
Among those at the concert was British ambassador Deborah Bronnert, who has since visited Mr Trelawny.
David Coltart, Zimbabwe's education, sport, arts and culture minister, and a member of the Movement for Democratic Change, said in an email: "The circumstances and manner of this arrest will damage our efforts to portray Zimbabwe in a more positive light and I question why an apparent breach of law had to be dealt with in this manner."
Mr Trelawny, who lives in central London, was raised in Cornwall. He joined Radio 3 in 1998, having begun his career at BBC Radio Devon as a reporter and presenter.
His work for Lyric FM won him an ESB media award. He has also written for a number of publications, including the Irish Times.