Re: Religious hatred or police state?
Yes, I think this was heavy handed given the circumstances, and the fact that we haven't had a serious "terrorist threat" from Goths - yet!
However, I can see ZF's point, that it depends who you mix with. In these very changed times (what horrible grammar!), I suppose the "security" services, including the Police, are going to have a second look at anyone out of the norm.
In this case, I suspect the Police were bored, or perhaps they were recruited from the very bottom rung of the evolutionary ladder, either way, they were engaged in a pretty time wasting stop and question.