Superintendent Tony Beveridge has admitted his social media use was “not appropriate” after the Daily Record discovered he was following accounts such as “Chavbabes” and “Brithotties” on his public Twitter feed.

Colleagues were shocked at the accounts being openly followed by the Police Scotland head of armed policing.

When the Record contacted Beveridge to speak to him about his internet use, the sleazy accounts were unfollowed minutes later.

Last night, a police spokesman said Beveridge had recognised his internet use was “not appropriate”.

Firearms officers told the Daily Record they were concerned about the nature of the accounts he was following, which they described as "inappropriate" and "objectifying to women".

Superintendent Tony Beveridge is head of firearms for Police Scotland

Among the sleazy accounts are @Chavbabes and @BritHotties where anonymous pictures of young women are posted and shared.

@Chavbabes is also the AVI (or avatar) for an account called @HLMOfficialUK run by a young woman with links to her AdmireMe.VIP page where she charges £6.50 per month for nude pictures and ‘special gifts’.

One of the accounts followed by Tony Beveridge

Both OnlyFans and AdmireMe.VIP are subscription run account services where users can pay a monthly fee for ‘exclusive’, ‘private’ content.

While OnlyFans can offer a range of different content, the accounts followed by Beveridge were specifically sexual in nature.

The webcamming services see contributors start an account, set the price, and then perform sex acts on a live video stream, or post sexual videos and images to subscribers.

One firearms officer told the Daily Record that Beveridge's conduct was a moral issue for an organisation that is working to encourage women to climb up the ranks, but that they did not believe that any complaint launched would be taken seriously because it is not a disciplinary matter.

Screenshots of the sleazy accounts

They said: “The force would tell him to delete it and bury it if any of us raised it.

“I just think it sends totally the wrong message about his views on women. It flies in the face of all the work people are doing to encourage women to consider becoming firearms officers.

“Male colleagues are also putting that work in to recruit women but the Head of Armed Policing just sees women as objects.

“It totally sets the wrong tone for an area of the police where women are so under represented.”

The accounts were later deleted from the cop's account

Beveridge, who started as head of firearms at the beginning of this year, did not respond when the Daily Record approached him for comment, however the offending accounts were immediately unfollowed by his Twitter profile after we spoke with him.

Police Scotland confirmed that while the accounts are run legally and safely, Beveridge’s actions were “not appropriate”.

Another firearms officer, who has served with the police for almost two decades, told the Daily Record Beveridge's conduct is 'disappointing' for a senior police officer and detrimental to Police Scotland’s efforts to encourage more women into firearms.

“There are very few women in firearms and with the amount of kit and the macho image, trying to recruit women is difficult.

“We are trying to encourage women in and, if they see that, how will they feel?

The accounts were later unfollowed

“It stands in the face of what we are trying to do.

The officer added that it is also 'a reflection of the force' that officers feel the matter could not be raised internally.

They said: “If I did something off duty the force would still say that I’m in the police.

“We all get rammed with reminders that off duty we are still the police.

“The irony is that, as a boss, he would be holding others to account.

“It’s just stupid on his part, it’s embarrassing.”

There are approximately 561 current firearms officers in Scotland.

Of that number, less than 10% are female.

This is not the first time the firearms department has come under fire for sexism.

We told last year how Sergeant Keith Warhurst claimed female firearms cops shouldn’t be on duty without a man.

Police Scotland said the wording of the email was "unacceptable".

The incident sparked outrage and it led to one female officer suing Police Scotland for sexual discrimination.

Warhurst lost his temporary inspector title in the wake of the row, but was then promoted back to inspector and moved to a new division.

In response to Beveridge’s Twitter actions, Chief Superintendent Louise Skelton, Head of Specialist Services, said: "This is not a criminal or conduct matter, however the officer involved recognises that his actions were not appropriate."