ASBOs are totally strange on many aspects.
You have an ASBO set against you with virtually no right of appeal - it isn’t a judicial process and depends upon what the local police had for lunch that day.
‘Evidence’ can be a collective opinion by several residents against an individual, or group of individuals.
An ASBO is used as a cheap form of enforcement, but there already exists a perfcetly adequate system of dealing with minor miscreants, the courts can issue an injunction - but of course that has proper judicial oversight - which is inconvenient as it needs evidence, and appeals process.
They came about because there is a pattern of behaviour which the law does not seem to wish to address formally, sometimes its because individuals are under the age of responsibility, other times because witnesses are too scared to come forward.
Things like being arsehole neighbours, revving unsilenced bikes, hanging around street corners looking menacing, that sort of thing.
These things can be applied even without proper evidence, for example if you happened to own a car that others in your family also used, and that person was speeding, you would be required to idnetify the person driving at the time of the speeding offence.
You might genuinely not know which of your family was driving at the time, and the police might well make a threat to put an ASBO on the car.
How can a car be actively anti-social ? People can be anti-social but inanimate object cannot, its a pretty ridiculous interpretation of the powers given under the ASBO law.
Here is the official position on ASBOs
However its got plenty of critics, here is quite a long essay which does go into ASBOs and the way they have been sold to a gullible public by politicians trying to use the ‘Law and Order’ ticket, without actually committing to spending money dealing with the problems, or employing more law enforcers, or build enough prisons - inother words, its largely cheap rhetoric.
Here is a list of ASBO cases.
There is one there that forbids a named woman from possessing drugs, which is absolutely stupid order, because there is already a law against illegal drugs anyway, and how can you ban someone for possessing legal drugs such as prescriptions?
When you actually look at many of these ASBOs, you will see that injunctions would serve the purpose perfectly well, but injunctions don’t sound as sexy in the current UK political climate.
It seems pretty dumb to ban a beggar from begging, removing that persons method of support, because they are then going to either break the ASBO, or they will simply commit a more serious crime - they have nothing to lose.