Local building inspectors claim that several of the club's building permits were missing or invalid, but officials for the club insist that they will be reopening soon...

NEW YORK club TWILO was closed down after police and building inspectors raided the club and evicted hundreds of patrons in the early hours of May 6.

According to reports in the New York Times, the inspectors claimed that several of the club’s building permits were missing or invalid as grounds to close the club.

Paul Wain, a Department Of Buildings spokesman, told the newspaper that the club will not be allowed to reopen until these licences have been reinstated. “They are shut down until further notice, indefinitely,” he confirmed, adding that a court date had been set for June 21.

The closure is the latest development in the club’s antagonistic relationship with New York’s city officials, who tried to close the club in November 1998 by declaring it a public nuisance.

However, the club’s lawyer Paul Sullivan told the newspaper that the closure was merely a temporary setback. “[It’s] absolutely guaranteed it will be reopened,” he said, before adding: “It’s very sad that the city continues to hide the absence of a policy concerning drug abuse by the public by demonising Twilo.”

The closure happens at a time when Twilo’s profile is bigger than ever, having recently released its first ever compilation CD at the beginning of the year. The club is also hosting a tent at the British Homelands festival on May 26, with DJs Sasha, John Digweed and Timo Maas among those scheduled to play.

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