Three men who blew up a Leicester convenience store in an insurance scam plot have been jailed for life.

The Polish supermarket in Hinckley Road, Leicester, was targeted by store owner Aram Kurd, 34, Hawkar Hassan, 33, and Arkan Ali, 38, in an attempt to claim a £300,000 insurance payout.

The trio, who lit 26 litres of petrol in the basement of the former Londis store, causing a blast which destroyed the store and a flat above, had been found guilty of murder in December.

The flat’s residents Mary Ragoobar, 46, and two sons Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean, 17, were killed on 25 February, along with the elder teenager’s girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18. Shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was also killed.

Kurd and Ali have been sentenced to a minimum of 37 years, while Hassan will serve more than 32 years, after a five-week trial at Leicester Crown Court.