Jenny Reeves (@Jennyflyer1) was one of the first to post a picture on Twitter.
And Transport for London sounded the all-clear after the "invasion" had been averted.
The filming of Doctor Who has finished at Westminster Bridge, the Daleks are in the process of being removed.
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Staff at Envirowaste in Leyton say the medal may have been left within a piece of furniture and thrown away accidentally.