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Monday 03 December, 2001

Vosper Thornycroft

Acquisition

Vosper Thornycroft Holdings PLC
3 December 2001






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              3 December, 2001



                       VOSPER THORNYCROFT HOLDINGS PLC

        Acquisition of Merlin Communications Group Limited ('Merlin')



Further to the announcement on 14 November 2001, the board of Vosper
Thornycroft Holdings plc is pleased to announce that the acquisition of Merlin
is now unconditional in all respects, save for the listing of the new Vosper
Thornycroft shares.

Application has been made for 641,939 new Vosper Thornycroft shares to be
admitted to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's
market for listed securities. Trading will commence on 4 December 2001,
subject to the new Vosper Thornycroft shares being admitted to the London
Stock Exchange.